Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Red Rondo

I'd like to introduce you to my new cardigan, the Red Rondo. You may have seen her sister, Plum Rondo a la Turk, who made her debut on Knitty last week. Plum turns heads, not only because she's beautiful, but because she's modeled by a knock-out ample model, Amanda from Lorna's Laces.

Julia Farwell Clay designed the Plum Rondo using the gorgeous Lorna's Laces Haymarket, a hand-dyed, single-ply, Bluefaced Leicester wool, worsted weight yarn. The Rondo is knit seamlessly from the bottom up; the sleeves and body are knit separately and joined to finish as one piece. 

I love the Rondo and know that attention-grabbing design at the yoke is just right for my bottom-heavy figure. I'm making a few mods:
  1. I'm eliminating the bottom hem rib and stranded colorwork. It's stunning, but I know it will draw attention to the mighty derriere.
  2. I'm making long sleeves.
  3. I'm turning my Rondo into a cardigan. Where I live in  the DC suburbs, a worsted pullover would make me melt. A cardi will give me some breathing room. I'm knitting it in the round and will then steek to add the buttonband.
I'm using Cascade 220 (my budget precluded the Haymarket, but there's definitely a Lorna's Laces sweater in my future). This little mock-up image shows my colors and the brass buttons I found that riff well off the colorwork. In real life, the burgundy color is more red as you can see in the pictures that follow.

I've already finished the sleeves. Easy peasy.

But the body? OMG. I'm embarrassed to tell you that I've knitted it three times. First, I made a mobius sweater. That won't work!

Then I started over, screwed up my gauge and made a sweater that's 95 inches wide. I have a mighty derriere, but it's not that mighty! So I started again and now have finished about ten inches. You can see my waist shaping AND Moose hair. No photoshopping here.

Although I'm doing some waist shaping, I'm not going to make this sweater super-fitted. I want a more relaxed fit, something to cuddle up in. Not baggy, but not conforming to every curve either.

I hope to have this finished for Thanksgiving; I wear a new handmade sweater every year - doesn't everyone? Probably not, but it works for me.


  1. This sweater is also on my to-do-list and I would do nearly the same mods. But my list is very long .... Perhaps I´ll finish Thanksgivin 2015!? :) That red is really gorgeous!

  2. Very Beautiful! I especially love the colors you chose, Julie

  3. Lovely and amazing, and I know you can do it!

  4. I like your ideas. The buttons are perfect. Using a different yarn will be neat to see. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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