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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Autumn cardigan

Hello everyone! I am alive and kicking again, full of energy for more sewing and knitting!

Yes, I picked up my knitting needles again and nothing can stop me now. In fact, knitting was the first craft I mastered. When I was four or five, my mum showed me how to do basic stitches and subsequently tiny scarfs and blankets filled my dolls' wardrobes.

Before I embarked on my last trip, it was out of the question to take some sewing with me; nobody would let me sew in a hospital :) So knitting seemed a natural alternative and also fitting for the season. I ran to a yarn shop - an amazing place which I am going to dedicate an entire post to - to get some beautiful wool for a very simple cardigan. And look how nicely it matches the autumnal landscape!


The other day I visited a friend who is expecting a baby to transform her regular jeans into maternity ones. She lives near Tokyo University, famous for its gorgeous park; the park is packed every spring for hanami and in autumn for momijigari. Now you can understand why!

Don't you think my new cardigan could be a perfect camouflage if I played "hide & seek"? 

The combination of the warm weather, the smell of autumn leaves and the chai tea which we drank beforehand made me absolutely mad and uncontrollable!


The cardigan, classified as 'easy', is based on Phildar pattern from Catalogue n63. To knit a similar cardigan, you need to know two basic stitches: knit and purl stitches. My knitting style is Continental, as opposed to what is known as English style.

Construction-wise, you cannot find anything easier! The cardigan is made up of two parts, with integrated sleeves represented in the middle of the scheme. Once you've finished both parts, sew them together stopping at the notch. Don't forget to make buttonholes!


I'd especially like to draw your attention to the buttons! I found them in a vintage shop and each button was the price of a meter of fine silk. With my eyes closed, I gave my credit card to the shop assistant and immediately threw away the receipt. But to me, it was worth it. I think they match the colors of the cardigan perfectly! In the end, if we want to justify ourselves we can always find a way, can't we?


As great as sewing is for self-reflection, knitting is good for watching movies - this cardigan equals seven movies and one audio book! Whilst I am working on more knitting, I am also continuing with sewing projects. A couture skirt which I've been working on over a week is only waiting to be lined. I can't wait to show it on here and share a couple of new techniques!


15 comments:

  1. I love this! It's such a great color combination!

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  2. Maider from Masustak Eguzkitan9 December 2012 at 09:54

    Wow and wow! When I see this kind of knitter works in the blogosphere, I can´t believe it, because I´m a disaster with the needles and I have not patience :-(

    I love your cardigan and its colours!! It matches the autumnal landscape and the buttons are sooooo cute!

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  3. Very jealous of your knitting skills. Great cardigan and beautiful photos...

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  4. Many wows! Certainly you have eyes to colors and styles. What a great cardigan for this season in Tokyo!!

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  5. Lovely to see you back and posting - especially such a gorgeous cardi. You are right, the colours work perfectly for autumn and I can see why you just closed your eyes and handed over your card for those buttons. Super cute!

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  6. This pattern is for me! I am very bad knitter!%) I just have finished my legwarmers, I made them for ages!!! I was very surprise when I found out that there is such thing as English style of knitting%)))

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  7. I know! The Continental style is much faster and more comfortable (at least for me). But there is advantage of the English style - it is great for multicolored projects! Then you hold your two threads one in each hand and (cherry on top) threads don't get tangled! Watch this video

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  8. Thank you, Kirsty! I see that you've been busy sewing and crafting :) Looking forward to discover your Drape Drape inspired garments!

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  9. Thank you, Chie!

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  10. Look who is talking! Your are a real photo pro!

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  11. No te creo! Se necesita mas paciencia para la costura!

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  12. Wow, awesome. I can't believe how perfectly your sweater is matching all the leaves! It looks like a great cardigan - I love clothes that are so bright they match almost anything!

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  13. Maider from Masustak Eguzkitan10 December 2012 at 10:34

    Ja, ja, ja... No sé yo... Pero bueno, la cuestión es, que tu eres muy buena con las agujas!

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  14. Thanks, Gillian! I love bright colors too! Especially during the dull and gray seasons. Besides, bright colors are great mood lifters ;)

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  15. Inna, it's so cool! I love the color you chose and the setting for your photos. Lovely smile too! I love the pattern and the fact that it's so easy...I can only knit and purl...so might have to give this a go...

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