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Topic: Imperial cuffs in DROPS Silke Alpacka  (Read 2518 times)
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« on: August 26, 2012 05:05:00 AM »

I'm a sucker for knitting magazines, and my all time favourite is The Knitter. I haven't knitted many patterns from the magazine, but I've got a ton of them on my "want to knit"-list... Unfortunately, many of those patterns are scary things like fitted clothes, so it will take me a long time to knit them all. Smiley There's usually at least one smaller project in each magazine, however, and when I was leafing through one of my old copies I realised that Imperal cuffs might be a good fit for the skein of Silke Alpacka I've had in my stash forever.

It was one of the first really good yarns I bought. Originally it was meant to become a hat, but my sister needed the dark purple skein for a neverending cardigan so I just had one off white one left. It never seemed to want to become anything so I just petted it, remembering that yarn purchase, and the feeling of spoiling myself with "good" yarn. The yarn is now discontinued so I couldn't buy more either...

It was great to finally cast on with this yarn! I knew it was a risk, since the yardage and the gauge was slightly off, but I decided to risk it since the pattern and yarn made it a joy to knit. I ran into a few problems and ended up stopping after 1,5 instead of 2 pattern repeats, but they blocked out to the right size and I'm really pleased with the result.

The buttons were originally bought for a baby cardigan, but they were a better fit here. I really like the lace pattern. The pattern is worked on both sides, but it wasn't very hard. Got to love small quick projects Smiley And best of all - my hands will be warm and toasty in these soft cuffs!

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2012 06:51:38 AM »

Beautiful Annchen! They look so cozy. Lovely buttons too Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2012 08:04:12 AM »

Very pretty! And they look so soft and comfy! Great job. A girl needs to spoil herself now and then, hahaha don't you agree?

It really makes me want to learn how to knit properly! Are you familiar with the website of Drops? You probably are, if not take a look: lots and lots of free patterns available! Both knitting and crocheting.

Love the buttons too! Thanks for sharing!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2012 10:30:27 AM »

Yeah, I've knitted a pair of slipper socks from the drops website. Smiley I usually look there if I have something specific in mind. Drops yarns are pretty common in Sweden so it's easier to look for patterns written for that yarn.
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2012 11:39:02 AM »

These are lovely. I'm glad you finally found something for your lovely yarn. It is nice to have some stash on hand just for the sake of loving and trying to find that special project for it, but it's even more nice to finally find that special project. And silk alpaca, it doesn't sound like yarn can get any nicer than that.

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2012 12:32:21 PM »

Those are beautiful!
Well done!

My mind has converted those cuffs into a something more however.
I wonder how hard it would be to knit a matching cowl?

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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2012 01:14:34 PM »

Great idea! I don't think it'd be too hard. The lace is fairly stretchy so even if the repeats are pretty long it should be possible to block to size.
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