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KNITTING => Knitting: Completed Projects => Topic started by: elderflower on August 30, 2015 04:20:12 AM



Title: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on August 30, 2015 04:20:12 AM
Our Needlecraft Guild competition this year had the theme of "25" as it was our 25th anniversary.  For my entry in the knitting/crochet class I devised a square that was knitted from the centre out so that it had exactly the same number of stitches on each side and the squares could be grafted together instead of sewn. (I do not like sewing up my knitting.  I always get it wrong and it looks lumpy)



This jacket/coat/cardigan  is made of exactly 25 squares. Here it is modelled by my daughter, although it is way too large for her.

Technical details
The yarn I used was Elle Escapade DK  col. 371 Ginger Glow. I don't think it is available any more.  This yarn is 100 % Acrylic  and the cardigan took 5 x 100g balls.
I used two 6 mm circulars needles for each square and I used  a very long one for finishing the edging.

Although I carefully knitted a tension square and calculated all the dimensions it turned out rather larger than I intended.



Here it is laid out flat.



The buttons are Dorset buttons made from slices of pvc pipe, sanded smooth and wrapped with the same yarn as the cardigan.


As I promised I have attached a pdf of the pattern for the square.  I hope I have made it clear enough but my notes were a little scruffy.


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: stillatthetop on August 30, 2015 04:58:00 AM
I just "Rocked" you. That sweater looks so nice. I love your choice of yarn. It looks so soft and comfy. I hope you win the competition  ;D ;D ;D

~T

Oh, and interesting how you made the buttons!


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: lindyv321 on August 30, 2015 07:50:51 AM
Love the buttons!!! Great job


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: HSG on August 30, 2015 10:51:40 AM
This is absolutely beautiful! :)


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on August 30, 2015 10:58:34 PM
Thank you so much everyone.  I had a lot of fun making this. I chose the self-patterning yarn because it emphasised the different squares.
Dorset buttons are an old traditional craft that disappeared when cheap mass-produced buttons became available. They used to be made from slices of ram's horn so I think pvc pipe is a better alternative. It is an easy way to make matching buttons for knitwear.


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: Abbeeroad on August 31, 2015 07:48:58 AM
LOVE IT!!


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on August 31, 2015 10:34:12 PM
Thank you


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: rackycoo on September 09, 2015 09:29:59 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! (https://www.craftster.org/blog/september-9-2015-featured-projects/)  :)


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on September 09, 2015 11:34:13 AM
Wow. That's an honour. Thank you.


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: chantalg on September 09, 2015 12:53:07 PM
What a  beautiful cardigan !. I love the shape, the colours and the buttons are great. It is an awesome work. Congratulations !


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on September 10, 2015 01:03:43 AM
Thank you.


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: I Sew Cute on September 12, 2015 04:28:57 PM
This is fabulous!!! I'm so intrigued by the buttons... very clever to use pvc pipe!


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on September 13, 2015 05:45:21 AM
Thank you. We learnt the technique in one of our Needlecraft guild meetings but there are tutorials on the internet. I used pvc pipe because I can't get the proper rings here.


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: kreweel on September 15, 2015 10:28:57 AM
I LOVE this and hope you can tell me where to get the pattern!
 :) 8).

Thanks,
kreweel


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on September 15, 2015 11:50:15 AM
Thank you. I designed the square myself.  It is done on graph paper and I will try and attach it as a pdf but I will need to add some explanations to it as the symbols I used are not all standard symbols. I'll try and do it over the weekend.


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: bananaleg on September 15, 2015 11:45:34 PM
Love this!! Honestly, i dig how big it is on your daughter. I want one! Great job!


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on September 19, 2015 12:49:04 PM
I have added a pdf of the design to the original post.  I hope it makes sense. My notes were rather untidy  ::)


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: Victoria Kamalova on July 06, 2016 01:49:28 PM
Great work! Love it so much!


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on July 21, 2016 11:32:52 PM
Thank you


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on April 11, 2017 02:11:52 PM
That is absolutely gorgeous and the buttons are terrific! What a clever idea to use pipe, ingenious.


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on April 18, 2017 02:10:51 AM
Thank you. I guess "Necessity is the mother of invention"  ;)


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: PixiePopStudio on January 21, 2018 10:52:50 AM
Man you make me want to tackle a lace sweater like this!! What an awesome job.


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: Cherie on March 31, 2018 02:56:04 AM
How did I miss seeing this?  It is absolutely stunning


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: elderflower on April 07, 2018 11:12:24 AM
Thank you I've not been online much lately so missed your comments. I am planning a simpler version as a plain three quarter sleeved top instead of a cardigan. But I need to work out the maths and knit some tension squares first.  :-[


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: TexasPurl on May 08, 2018 12:01:20 PM
Gorgeous!


Title: Re: 25 squares cardigan
Post by: SheilaV on December 08, 2018 03:29:11 PM
Another beautiful centre-out square!!  I love knitting these and I'm always looking for new one's to try . . . but again the .pdf is not found.  Can you repost?  Thanks.