A Finished Cat Blanket, I Mean Cardigan!
I got the Fleece Artist Lady of the Lake Cardi finished this weekend! It's amazing what blocking this thing did for it. Before blocking it was short and boxy and nothing special. Now, after blocking its long and more flowing and of course, fluffy. If you look at the picture of it on the sites that have it for sale (feeling link lazy, scroll down to Thursday of last week and use those links), they've pinned it just below the collar which gives it one look. If you look at the way I've posed it with Ramius, you can see that if I were to pin it at the bust line, I would get the look of lapels, a V neckline and a completely different look. I also made sure that I made the sleeves long enough for my arms, something that bugged me about the original was the way the sleeves hung on the model's arms. I still have quite a bit of yarn left over after finishing it.
Details and changes I made: Fleece Artist's Lady of the Lake Cardi kit in the burgundy colorway. I made the small size which is for a pretty big 40 inch bust size (I didn't block it this wide because 40 inches is bigger than I need, even for a jacket). Someone left a comment the other day, worried about how to divide the yarn into two equal balls - there are two different yarns in the kit. If you open it up, you'll find a smooth yarn (Kid Aran) - and I actually had 2 skeins of this: one big and one halfsize, and a loopy yarn in it's own big skein. I used the loopy mohair for Yarn 1 and the Kid Aran for Yarn 2 (the pattern doesn't really specify which yarn to use where and honestly, it probably doesn't matter too much since you have the same yardage for each). I used 6.5 mm needles in metal because they give me looser tension than wooden ones and I didn't have the 7.0mm needles the pattern called for. I also started with a provisional cast on instead of the two yarn cast on they called for. You start at one of the underarms and after you've knit across the back and the front on one side, you go back and pick up stitches and do the other front. This did mean that one of my underarm sections has one fewer row to it than the other, but this was necessary to stay in the stitch pattern and in this yarn, it really doesn't show.
Oh, and someone else left a comment the other day that they were interested in purchasing the pattern without the kit - you might try contacting Fleece Artist directly, you might be able to buy it separately.