aran-knitting

After days of agonizing and fruitless swatching, the beginning of a new pullover is finally on my needles!! The yarn is luxuriously soft Plymouth Superwash Merino in a sea foam colour. Mom’s orchid merino (also pictured) is waiting to be knit up just like this! A pattern is in the works!! 💕 ~ Katya

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I decided to make myself a cable pullover and I was enjoying the pattern so much that I decided to make it into a dress. Also the width I was working in was a bit too wide for a sweater and a bit too narrow for a dress’s flaring skirt. So I turned that problem into a design feature by adding side godets with tapering cables, and tapering the width with decreases for waist shaping.

I still have to add an asymmetrical collar in seed stitch, and knit facings onto all the edges. But I’m in the home stretch, I think: front, back, and one sleeve finished.

It looks like it’ll use up three full pounds of Caron One Pound acrylic worsted. That stuff says “NO DYE LOT” on the label, but it’s not perfect. The yarns don’t match exactly in all lights. I’m also worried about it pilling. Although it has a nice, firm worsted feel in the hand as I’m knitting, I don’t think I’ll use this yarn again.

Finale at Alexander Wang Fall 2015 | NYFW.

‘Hard and fast’, rendered in opulently textured fabrics (Aran cable-knitted wool, chain-mail mesh, some slick techno synthetics, and the velvet), was the message of Wang’s knockout fall collection. He sampled body-conscious seaming and shaping, added a kind of medieval-meets-athleticism flourish, colored it black, black, or black, and then embroidered everything with tons of punkish ball bearings.