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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Last Call for Hollywood Knits

Yesterday I mentioned that I had knit one other project, inspired by Hollywood Knits (by Suss Cousins) but I had made so many mods to the original pattern, I felt it deserved a separate post. Here is that post. The original sweater is the last sweater in the book, modeled by Maud Adams.* It's a turtleneck made on monster needles with LaGran Mohair. It has bell sleeves, plain knit edging (La Gran doesn't really roll on you), waist shaping and a simple cable running up the front. I don't really like LaGran next to my skin and even with a cami underneath (necessary since the original is sheer) I knew I couldn't take that much fuzz. Also, I didn't want a turtleneck since they make me fidgety after a bit. Finally, I decided that her cable was boring and needed more ooomph. So, I needed to make some changes. This is what I came up with. The yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky, which knits up to the same gauge as the LaGran did in her pattern, so that saved me from completely rewriting the pattern. I had to add seed stitch borders since Lamb's Pride will roll and I didn't want rolled edges. I left the waist shaping - anything knit with bulky/fuzzy yarn should have some shaping so you don't look like a fluffy/fuzzy monster, at least I think so. I also changed the neckline into a wide crewneck/ slightly scooped boatneck (no idea what to call it, but you get the picture). Then I threw in a wider cable with more going on than the original and here is the finished sweater.

*Worthless piece of information: Maud Adams is the only Bond girl to be in two separate movies. She played Scaramanga's girlfriend in The Man With the Golden Gun and was killed pretty early in the movie, then she was Octopussy in the movie Octopussy and of course, lived through the entire movie that time.

Tune in tomorrow for Gift Giving Friday!


Anonymous Linda said...

It's simply beautiful! And with our cool mornings fall can't be too far away.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Jennifa said...

I love that! The cabling is awesome.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

What a wonderful sweater! Such fantastic cables, but I'm a sucker for cables ;)

1:06 PM  
Blogger luvs2knit said...

Love the cable sweater and the neckline, too!

9:29 PM  
Anonymous monika said...

Oh, I love the sweater. I have to tell Santa I want one too =o)

3:47 AM  

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