Not Chanel, but Fauxnel. Fake Chanel. Truly not a Chanel, but truly a better fit for my budget and social strata, I present to you, my faux Chanel. My Fauxnel.
Pattern: This one.
Ann Budd's Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. Following the cast on, I simply knit to fit.
Needles: 4.5mm for everything. Trim and body.
Yarn: For the sweater - Facination, Desina.
Mods: The trim on my cardi is reverse stockinet. The lazy kitters' I-Cord. I picked up and knit the stitches from the right side, purled one row (WS), then cast off in purl stitch from the right side. It gives a nice, cord-like trim, prevents rolling and with this boucle yarn was much easier to accomplish than I-Cord.
French Riveria shows the cardi with two different coloured bands of trim. The first, a
plain, co-ordinating colour while the outside trim repeats the main yarn. I have stopped at one trim. I will wear it that
way for awhile then decide if I want the second. That decision was
forced on me because as yet, I have not been able to find a taupe yarn that matched the
pinkish-toned taupe in the main yarn.
Mistakes I Made: Initially, I got the gauge wrong. Seriously wrong. Somehow, gauge measured 12 sts/4in. in the swatch. Not only in the swatch but in my blind knitting until I reached the underarm. Or so it seemed. At that point I tried on the cardi and it was small. Seriously small. I re-measured the gauge and the true count was 16sts/4in. Quite a difference. Certainly enough to make the knit on my needles too small and to require a re-start. It fits well now.
Initially picturing this little cardi as a topper for a black tee and skirt, I now think it will also look good over white. Perhaps even taupe.
A great addition to my summer wardrobe. Fauxnel and I are off to Baltimore tomorrow. - where I am hoping the weather will be more summer-like than here at home.