Monday, August 13, 2007

FO: Twyla

Two weeks ago I was all ready to post another project update for the Twyla Cardigan by Berroco. Really, I even had this photo taken July 31st. See? I was going to say that I had finished the first sleeve (modified to be tapered) and that I was starting the second one. Well life erupted with several family emergencies and frankly I'm not sure I knew what end was up for the last 2 weeks. Life has "settled" and now I'm left with just my own kids both sick with strep! So now that I can finally get online long enough to post (honest, I haven't even edited over at ravelry for the past week !!!!) I get to make an FO post instead of a WIP post!!

When I first looked at this pattern, I fell in love with the textured stitch pattern. I noted way back when that I would probably taper the sleeves. Of course I forgot this detail and crocheted about 14 rows of the sleeve before realizing I didn't want a 14" sleeve at the cuff. So I frogged that, whipped out my trusty graph paper and designed a tapered sleeve. When I got to the first increase, I realized that the body of this sweater has decreases but not increases and I also had to create a method to increase without disrupting the stitch pattern.

Project details:
Pattern: Twyla Cardigan by Berroco
Size: medium
Yarn: Reynolds Gypsy, 1577 yds (19 hanks)
Colorway: 'Ocean Blue' (my name for it)
Hook: Brittany 5.0mm H hook
My Gauge: 7.5 clusters x 13 rows= 4" x 4"
Pattern Changes: (just a few)
  1. Stated gauge was 8 clusters x 9 rows in 4"x4". I used the stitch counts for a medium (giving me slightly wider panels) but altered the row counts and crocheted the length of the pieces to the schematic measurements.
  2. Increases in stitch pattern:
    -To increase 1st half cluster at beginning of row: Ch 3 after completing cluster at end of previous row, turn, hdc in 3rd ch from hook.
    -To increase 1st half cluster at end of row: hdc into turning chain of previous row.
    -To increase 2nd half cluster at beginning of row: Ch 3 after hdc at end of previous row, turn, crochet cluster into 3rd ch from hook and hdc.
    -To increase 2nd half cluster at end of row: crochet cluster in hdc and top of turning chain of previous row.
  3. In order to taper the sleeve (and lengthen it as well):
    -ch 38, rep row 1 of back (37 sc)
    -Rows 2-5: Follow pattern from back row 2-3 (18 clusters)
    -Increase 1/2 cluster at each end of rows 6, 10, 15, 20, 25, 31, 37, 47 (26 clusters)
    -Rows 48-60: Work even (26 clusters)
  4. Sleeve cap was modified slightly to accommodate my row gauge:
    -Row 61: Sl st over 3 clusters at beg of row, leave 3 clusters unworked at end of row (20 clusters).
    -Row 62: work even (20 clusters)
    -Row 63-68: Decrease 1/2 cluster at each end of row (14 clusters)
    -Row 69: work even (14 clusters)
    -Row 70-75: Decrease 1/2 cluster at each end of row (8 clusters)
    -Row 76: work even (8 clusters)
  5. Edging on the body of the sweater was as written except:
    -I added an extra round before the button hole round
    -I made 4 button holes, each 2 sc long, separated by 10 sc
    -I added an extra round after the button hole round, except at the neckline where I replaced the sc with sl st.
  6. Sleeve edging - only 3 rows of sc (I guess I made the sleeves a tad too long!)


11 comments:

Linda said...

Fantastic job!

Karen said...

very nice -- that's one I've had my eye on for a while. seeing yours just may get me moving!

Samantha said...

Really, I'm not stalking your blog but dang that is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!! Your work is so nice. I never make anything for myself but, you have given me the "want to".Thanks,Ginny!
Hugs,
Sandy

Thata said...

Wow... how beautiful it is. I like the colours and texture motif too. You're one of my favourite Ginny.

jinky said...

nicely done, I envy you. you used 19hanks? my it's alot of yarn... too bad the store here in riyadh only sells 3oz per skein. anyways i'm really impress...

jinky said...

nicely done, I envy you. you used 19hanks? my it's alot of yarn... too bad the store here in riyadh only sells 3oz per skein. anyways i'm really impress...

Adrienne said...

Looks WONDERFUL!!!!!!

Mary Sarah said...

It's gorgeous! You did a fantasti job!!!

Lis said...

19 hanks?! That's quite a yarn eater. Fantastic job, Ginny! :)

Monique said...

Great job! It looks great!