Wednesday, April 29, 2009

my tea cosy

I finished my capelet before I went on holidays... and have been getting quite a bit of wear from it. I'm loving how warm and snuggly it is... without being suffocating!

I took it away camping with me, and my friends affectionately dubbed it 'the tea cosy'. The name has stuck, and now that's how I refer to it too.

The background is a bit busy in the photo, but it give you an idea of how it turned out:

finished

pattern used:
hook used:
  • 9.0mm hook... just like the pattern asks for!

yarn used:
  • assorted reclaimed yarns in neutral earthy colours
  • the pattern calls for a 12ply/bulky yarn... but I have used 2 strands of 8ply/DK worked together
  • I changed colours randomly throughout
  • by only changing one colour/strand at a time, the harsh stripey effect is lessened, and the colours blend more smoothly as they change
thoughts:
  • I made a few modifications to the pattern
  • instead of the trim in the pattern, I made my capelet a bit longer... and then added a contrasting round of sc around the bottom edge... working inside out, so the the 'wrong side' of the sc trim would be showing
  • the neck felt a bit too open... so I pisked up the stitches around the top and worked a few rounds in the same stitch as the body of the capelet
  • I then folded over the neck, forming a collar... and added a trim to match the bottom
  • although the finished garment is probably a bit larger than a true capelet... it's perfect for my needs... I love wearing it!
neckline

bottom trim

5 comments:

Iggle Piggle (aka Jacqui) said...

Looks cosy and warm. Congrats on getting in Vouge as well. Well deserved!

misha said...

The colours are phenomenal! I'd love to see it on a person, just to get the idea of size, length, neck opening.

Sam said...

I'd like to see it on you too :-)

I love the way the colours change. Very nice!

kate said...

I agree with misha - looks wonderful but would love to see it in action... can't visualise it. Well done on the VK article.

misha said...

And yes, in that photo I think we'd all love to see how your hair is growing :) (I have short hair so I'm always on the lookout for a new style :)))