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I've been thinking for a little while about a light, drapey shell in a soft cotton, wrapped around the body with long, sinuous ropes of cables. At first, I was thinking that they'd be worked along with the body and shaped with increases and decreases, but that method doesn't proved a cable as distinct as what I imagined - I wanted to evoke the clingy flow of the earliest Regency dresses, chiton-inspired loose muslin made dangerously form-fitting with twists of cord. Last night, chattering away with Amie, I fiddled around and came up with the bind-off you see above. It's perfect - it pops with wonderful three dimensionality from the plain fabric. It's also worked perpendicular to the direction of the knitting - the shell is going to become an interesting exercise in using short rows, and in constructing a piece out of many puzzle-like sections of knitting. Working theory: the difference between row gauge and stitch gauge will make the plain portions gather a just a little bit along the cable lines - a reminder of billowy fabric wrapped and tied.

Norwegian Jacket

The ideas for handling the sleeves on that jacket were really wonderful (thank you!!); so many of them things I could never have come up with on my own. I'm still waffling a little bit - I'm nervous, since I feel like this is where the mood of the sweater gets decided once and for all. The slightest bell, combined with that ornate brocade-like pattern, would feel awfully medieval, but a fitted sleeve with a turned-back cuff would give the jacket more shirt styling than I want. The aesthetic I want is confusing, even to me - I'm finding it very difficult to articulate what I want it to look like, or decide exactly how to make that happen. I guess I'm looking to temper the forbiddingly antique look with some youth: the historical source, a sensible Norwegian brocade blouse with no-nonsense drop shoulders and sturdy ribbed cuffs, hangs over my head and leaves a vauge sense of depression, but dozens of hook-and-eye closures up the front and a tall collar lined with a shockingly pink ribbon facing might go a long way towards sweet freshness.

Anyway, here's the body before cutting:

And after:

I blocked it as-is to make sure I'm on track with measurements, and tried it on a couple minutes ago - discovering thereby that the phrase like a glove dispells malaise pretty quickly, too.

Comments

You know, if I had knit as far as you have on that jacket, and it looked like that (ha!) my head would explode before I'd put scissors to it.
You are so brave.

But I do have your Argyle Vest pattern all ready to dispell my fear of steeks, when I get the right yarn.

That cast off edge is PERFECT. I absolutely love it!

Fabulous work on the fitted jacket also.

That bind-off is fantastic, and I can see how it can see its utility in so many designs! I also love how you photographed the new idea on the background of the previous one :).

The jacket is just stunning and I love your bind off!

The jacket is beautiful. Congratulations on a wonderful job. I love the bind off, I hope you'll share the technique at some point. You are always so inspiring.

I'm speechless. You progress on your brocade jacket is inspiring. I'm very interested to hear how your bind off is done.

you are a brave woman!!

There is always something fascinating and creative going on in every Eunny post. Today is no exception. :) I imagine it won't be long before someone in the publishing community will try to convince you to write a book.

The transformation of your brocade jacket after steeks and blocking is staggering. To me, steeks elicit the same distrust you might give a magician who says she can turn a pillowcase into an evening gown with four snips of the scissors. But there you go with your scissors and have created something quite astounding. I stand in awe of your knitting skills.

The cable cast off is beautiful. I would knit endless rows of stockinette stitch to get to that. I was just searching around for tutorials on short rows. Hint. :)

Eunny, you continue to amaze me!!

And you might have just invented your own cable cast off!!

OH man, Eunny. Your work is gorgeous. I am so hoping for a pattern for this. *hint, hint*

It's so pretty! The jacket is killer (I wants one precious, I does) and the cast off is a stroke of genius. I wish I had ideas like yours. I'm still stuck on "right, my gauge swatch says that, I am that fat, then I cast on that many stitches... Hey wait why did my sweater come out the wrong size?!"

*hinthints with Avivah* Go on, you know you want to.

I'm already waiting for your knitting book. I love the cable cast off - you are a genius.

Can you talk about the designing process a little in a future post? I really would like to design a sweater for myself but I thinkI may be just a big weenie. I consider myself intermediate to advanced in my knitting skills and although I've read all of the designing knitwear books out there I can't seem to get the vision. How do you get inspiration? and where do the pictures in your head come from?
I love your blog and with a little more coaching from you I think I'll get there. I don't want to sell anything - just make it for me.

That fitted jacket is really wonderful. Belled sleeves to mirror the fitting of the welt would be wonderful. The hook and eye closure idea is sweet indeed.

Is that a variation somehow on an icord bind off? I really like it, the idea, and the color. It will be entertaining, and a learning experience to watch it come together! I always like seeing your descriptions come to fruition!

Jacket is looking good!

The jacket is going to be beautiful. It's so nice to see designs with shaping!

And the cable bind off...I have to know how you did that.

Echoing everyone's sentiments - beautiful,stunning, etc. You really inspire me - the jacket's progress and the bind - off!

This looks lovely! I love the shaping - that is one downside to traditional Norwegian sweaters that I've found frustrating, it is tough to add shaping to a fully patterned sweater without compromising the flow of the pattern. I like what you have done. And I am stunned by your cable castoff! Hurrah for horizontal texture! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

I don't know if anyone else has already said this, I don't really have the awareness this morning to go through and read everyone else's comments, but what if you did sleeves that were otherwise fitted, but near the end they split to be worked flat so that you've got an opening on the under side of the sleeve (or if you were working the sleeves flat to begin with, just don't seam that portion), so it's a split cuff like a shirt, but without a turned back portion, and put a hook and eye on it, so that if you want to wear it snug, you can, but when it's not fastened it bells out just slightly over your hand. Does that make sense?

Gorgeous. Both the bind off and the jacket.

Now, about the jacket, you are going to make the pattern for bigger boobs too, right?

Who cares if you can't articulate it when you can execute so well!! Stunning.

Oh, sweet heaven, I about swooned when I saw that cabled edge. I rarely buy patterns off the internet - but THIS . . .. THIS I'm going to buy. Just to have the instructions for the edging, alone.

Your Norwegian jacket is absolutely outstanding. I am in total awe. Plus, the cable bindoff on your summer shell is stunning. How do you do it? I say, quit your day job and design for knitting magazines and publish your own book. We will worship you.

That edging is perfection! Simply gorgeous!

That bind off seals it. You're a genius. It's gorgeous and I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve. The jacket continues to be fabulous and I'm so happy that you like the fit. I know that whatever you do with the sleeves will be perfect.

I don't suppose you'd be willing to share the technique for that cable cast-off? I've tried to go for the same effect by making the cable separately and sewing it, but I rather prefer this idea.

I second the plain sleeve ending. Definitely no bells, or cuffs, this is reminiscent of gorgeous stiff Victorian bodices, with very plainly cut sleeves. I think I would even have tried to work in the curved shaping which they gave to sleeves in those days.

You are such an inspiration.

God, that's beautiful. And all your own work, from inkling to shaped and steeked bodice. Incredible.

That cast off really is great. The jacket is beautiful!

Good heavens woman! Your designs are so sexy. Timeless sexy. This latest one, what do you read? Must be epic, historical PhD kind of stuff. Dante in the original, right? Bocaccio for sure. Very classic, very feminine and yet very provocative. It's the kind of top you wear for years and still look drop dead gorgeous.

Only one word comes to mind...MAGNIFICENT!

Wow!
Your jacket is stunning.
I am sold on the idea of the turned back cuffs too (although its not my decision!). It is a such a structured design that anything else would look, as you said, a little too medieval. I cannot wait for you to finish.

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