The Take-Away: This is a DIY knitting pattern review. If this kind of minutia interests you, read on, if not, enter this week’s book give-away, wait for the round-up of comp knitting patterns or something else.
The pattern: Currer, from Norah Gaughan Collection’s “Three for All” collection, vol. 2
My version: smallest size (bust 30). I figured the smallest size would have stretch since this is cotton yarn. Yep, I was right.
Yarn: Takhi’s Chait (now discontinued)
- The peplum is the hardest part of the pattern to make. You might even do that part first because the rest – the sleeves, back and front will be piece of cake. I’m certain this could be made in the round, but I don’t know how to figure it out.
- Use a yarn that closely matches the fiber content of what was used in the pattern to get the right fit. I used a 100 percent cotton tape yarn, but the original yarn (also discontinued) had a blend of cotton/acrylic/polyester that probably gives the garment more shaping, my sweater kind of hangs there.
- The ribbing seems to be shorter than it appears in the photo, I personally like a deeper ribbing.
- Stay tape in the shoulders. There isn’t any called for in the pattern, but as a sewer, I know it’s essential especially with stretchy fabrics. Otherwise, your shoulders will grow. So I sewed a thin cotton ribbon in the shoulder seams on my sewing machine. Worked better than charm!
- Pattern doesn’t call for rhinestone buttons, but if you look closely at the version published in the booklet, the red version has rhinestone buttons. They really pop out. I got my vintage ones at the Harlem Avenue Antique and Resale Shoppe in Chicago. One broke, so I need to make a swift return to the shop. The buttons, because they are vintage, are not an exact match, but pretty close. My guess is that my replacement button will be a close match too.
- There aren’t too many, but maybe after I block it I’ll have some more ideas.
Would I make it Again Factor?: I just might. I was looking up stashes of the discontinued yarn called for in the pattern, Love It, in will trade/sell stashes on Ravelry. There isn’t my exact color, but somehow I really want this sweater to closely match the sample published in the booklet: red with with rhinestone buttons. But these other color combos would be cool too:
- Indigo…with rhinestone buttons.
- Black…with rhinestone buttons.
So it’s entirely possible. I could queue this pattern up soon in my Ravelry project list. I do like to repeat patterns, just like I do in the sewing world. Hopefully, I’d get it done a lot faster than a year (I started this one last summer, and just completed this past weekend. )
Has anyone made this pattern?