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Poetry In Stitches page 166


aka “Leaf Stripe Cardigan with Velvet Trim (Page 166)

Poetry In Stitches by Solveig Hisdal

Sweater kit with Hifa 2 yarn.
The sweater knit up (no buttons or lining) weighs 546 grams.
I made two 8″x8″ swatches and had plenty of yarn leftover, enough for a hat, maybe mittens.
Hifa 2 is light and springy. The colors are rich, colorfast and very very little stray vegetation. It blocks wonderfully, the yarn blooms and stitches become more uniform and smooth.

The orientation of the two yarns affects the knitted pattern.  It is important to keep the colors in the same order (or in the same hands).
I chose the lower row.

BLOCKING: curling eliminated, yarn blooms, stitches even out and relax to a gentle drape.

Before blocking

After blocking

There are long carries in this pattern, up to 11 stitches. I kept my floats to 4 stitches or less by catching them.

Reverse side

Buttons from much missed, The Button Emporium & Ribbonry in Portland.

Ravelry is always a great resource. Comparing the photos in the book with examples people had knit provided clues on sizing/fit and what I wanted to modify.
Another clue: The Poetry In Stitches photo shows the sweater body is carefully folded at the sides hiding a lot of armpit bulk commonly seen on drop sleeve sweaters with no body shaping.


1) Worked back and forth, knit and purled.
Because I can.
Steeking has ZERO appeal to me.
Reference:  The knitting experience, book 3 COLOR by Sally Melville

2) Neckline is knitted in, instead of cutting the fabric.

3) Reduce bulkiness of drop shoulder style.
Reference: Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville
– shoulder shaping for better shape and less bulk down the sides
– modified drop shoulder for better fit and reduced bulk
– reduced the sleeve increases for a less bulky sleeve

4) Knitted hem – Provisional Cast On + K2tog hem closure
– provisional cast on
– continue 18 rows of pattern
– fold the hem
– Row 19 (first burgundy row) K2tog using one provisional cast on stitch with one main body stitch

5) Knitted trim instead of velvet ribbon.

6) Added grosgrain ribbon around the fronts and neck instead of a fabric lining.

7) Decorative seaming using Catherine Lowe’s Couture Method Joinery Bind Off 


April 13, 2018 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

Catherine Lowe Design & Fit Workshop

knit1frog2 (see her post) and I took Catherine Lowe’s Design & Fit Workshop together. This is the second workshop I have taken with Catherine Lowe; I am amazed and delighted again.
I learned much about:

There seemed to be a lot of emphasis on “fit”.
A good fit makes all the difference, as does a bad fit for that matter!
We learned what a good fit means and ways to get a good fit.

We all brought in our own sweaters that:
we love
we hate
we can’t figure out what is wrong with.

We modeled and critiqued.
That was illuminating and will influence my designing, knitting, and buying choices.
I am inspired to knit sweaters with great fit, that look great and make me look great.

We each created our own personal sloper.

That’s me!

A useful tool to have! It was great to be measured by a professional and get those measurements onto paper in a way that I can use to design, alter, and modify sweater patterns.

I purchased this sweater back in the 80s; I love the collar and can use my sloper to design one like it and a sweater to fit.

I have been working on Poetry In Stitches – Leaf Stripe Cardigan with Velvet Trim (page 166)

I had pretty much given up on it being anything other than a drop-shouldered-frumpy-fair-isle with a gorgeous color pattern. I was just knitting it per the instructions, though I had hoped to give it a little shaping, I was resigned to only giving it a bit of shoulder shaping.

No longer! After Catherine’s workshop, I have a better understanding of how fit works. I am incorporating a few alterations that will improve the fit of this sweater and how it looks on me (or any body).

I have reshaped the sleeves, trimming out 2 inches of bulk from the armpit (armpit bulk even sounds bad):

sleeve per the pattern

sleeve altered to improve fit

I will reshape the square neckline to suit my face shape. I modeled the sweater below with a similar square neckline for the workshop. Catherine showed us that this wide square neckline doesn’t flatter my wide square jaw. I can wear a square neckline, but it needs to be the right width – which I can pull off my sloper!

traditional square neckline makes my jaw look wider

square neckline with better personalized shape
flatters my jawline

Finally, I will add shoulder shaping, because like everyone, I have a slope to my shoulders. Without shoulder shaping, there is extra fabric that ends up in bulky folds in the armpits.
Again, armpit bulk = BAD.

I am excited!

June 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm 4 comments

Lucky Me

A dear friend visiting from Norway just brought me this.

Hifa2 004crHifa 2 (the yarn used in Poetry In Stitches designs)
colors: 6038 Navy, 6085 Forest, 6072 Burgundy, 6053 Black

It’s always lucky to have a dear friend. A friend that brings yarn, well, there ought to be a word for it.

I started Poetry In Stitches 166

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Poetry 012cr

This Hifa2 yarn is a delight to knit; when my friend asked if there was anything I would like her to bring from Norway…
I could not resist.

We drove to Portland and I was delighted that she enjoyed The Button Emporium and Ribbonry at least as much as me, albeit for the ribbons, while I go for the buttons.

buttonportland 001r

ribbonPortland 007cr

I did break down and get a couple of ribbons.

ribbonsbuttonsPortland 006cr

The dragonfly ribbon is sheer and delicate The brown and green ribbon, I noticed that each circle was different, then I noticed each circle was a maze, and FINALLY I noticed the flyer right next to the ribbon telling the story of each maze. So cool. And it’s reversible!
I have NO idea what I’m going to do with it.

ribbonPortland 011crribbon by: LFN Textiles

Portland is so cool, people leave their unexpired parking stickers on the pay stations so people can use them if they find them before the time is expired!

parkingPortland 006rTime on the meter, even when there’s no meter

May 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm 2 comments

Madrona 2008

Madrona, the 2008 Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat,
I took Jean Wong’s two-day Tailored Knitting the Japanese Way class. Wow! It was GREAT. She showed us how to Measure For and Layout a pattern along with lots of design tips and guidelines throughout. It was so much information, I couldn’t process it all during class, I had to go home and keep thinking about it. I had heard good things about Jean Wong and her classes and it was all true. She has a head full of knitting knowledge and is determined to impart as much as possible into her students. Kind of like an adorable Drill Sergeant.


It got to the point where I started photographing her notes:


Yeah. That’ll help.

(In truth, it does make sense. Sorta. Um. I need to think.)

I’m glad I signed up for only one class, because I could not handle any more learning immediately after her class. I was full up.

For my homework pattern I chose this sweater from Poetry In Stitches by Solveig Hisdal:


Here is the beautiful Hifa2 yarn:


Here is my swatch:


Notice the difference between the bottom row and top row. On the bottom row I carried the pink yarn below the green yarn and in the upper row I carried the pink above the green. The difference is most noticeable in the leaf veins. I tried the two different carries because I took Sally Melville’s color classes last year at Madrona. She is fantastic, if you ever get a chance to take a class with her, do it. She is a great teacher. I have her Color book, which is also fantastic. She emphasized being consistent with carrying yarns because it affects the appearance.

So now I have to decide which one I like better.

Oh Yeah! here’s my fairly controlled yarn purchases, I managed control only because my stash is getting ridiculous:

from Blue Moon:

STR: Braun’s Woods, Turquoise, Rare Gems one-of-a-kind, Lover’s Leap, Haida, Rook-y

The Raven Clan colors are cool, but I don’t think I could possibly choose without seeing them in person.

from Knit Purl:

HABU cashmere A-34 color 3701 (red) and color 4707 (eggplant)

The yardage is 202yds for the red and only 182yds for the eggplant. Weird.

also from Knit Purl:

Shibui Sock in Sky 3115. Someone referred to this as “neon turquoise” and that is a perfect description.

I love Knit Purl in Portland, OR, they have the most fabulous selection of cashmere and silk and ooooooooo. And everyone is super nice.

February 20, 2008 at 10:16 pm 3 comments




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