I think I should explain my “flame-cable craze”.
First there was a sketch sent by me to one of the most talented handdyers I’ve met – Tanis Lavallee. Tanis is the lovely lady standing behind Tanis Fiber Arts (together with her wonderful husband!). She’s a very creative dyer, knitwear designer and blogger, so you can imagine how excited I was when she agreed to collaborate with me. Together we decided on the yarn base and color and I must admit I couldn’t be happier. We chose Yellow Label DK Weight in frost colorway. Isn’t it gorgeous?
I had a really hard time photographing the sweater due to the lack of good light. I wanted the photos to do color as much justice as possible, but this is all that November light allowed me to show.
Then there were two days when it was snowing in Toruń. We put our jackets on, I grabbed my knits and a camera and we managed to take these pics. I love them so much. I alternated skeins throughtout the whole body and sleeves (actually not in the sleeve caps and as you can see the skeins were so well matched that there is no difference over there at all!) and I’m really happy with the result. The subtle gray hues are nicely spread in the light blue background.
The yarn itself is great. It has wonderful stitch definition which is just perfect for cables. It’s bouncy and nicely twisted and it seems the pill factor is almost nonexistent. On top of that there is one more thing that won my heart totally – it did not bleed! I know that my color is not deep red or dark blue, but after a discussion with some of my Ravelry friends about Tanis’ yarn I learnt that TFA is famous among them for not bleeding. Awesome!
Sople is a cabled cardigan worked seamlessly from top to bottom. It starts with Provisional Cast-On at back neck. First you shape back, next right front until armhole and then left front in similar way. Finally you join all three parts and work back and forth. The sleeves are top-down. The stitches for the sleeves are picked up around armhole and the sleeve caps are shaped using short rows. Cable patterning and ribbing at the cuffs mimics that of the main body. To finish you make button bands and I-cord neck band.
The name of the cardigan is actually a little funny considering the cables look like flames. Well, “Sople” in Polish means icicles so let’s assume that the “frosty” colorway made the flames freeze. It’s as simple as that :-D
You can purchase the design through Lete’s Knits website or Ravelry pattern page.
Now I’ll think of something new I’d like to make in the latest Tanis Fiber Arts yarn – Cosmic Blue Label Fingering Weight. After all every girl needs a little bit of sparkle in her life :-)
Have a fab week!