I love seeing how my designs live on their own. I love seeing them modified by other knitters, seeing how they get a new life and identity. I’m very excited when I read comments by knitters and see their fabulous pictures – it seems to me as if each person left a little bit of their soul in every stitch. So I decided that every Wednesday I will show an awesome FO that made me gasp. Hope you like what you see.
An absolutely fantastic sweater! Florka, the talented knitter behind this fabulous version of Yakushima, has chosen her color wonderfully. Not only does she look beautiful in red, but the texture on the fronts of the cardigan just pops. I absolutely adore the buttons she chose. It’s supposed to be a plain grandpa cardigan, but these flowery buttons give a nice feminine touch – like a cherry on top. I also love how she bound off the edges by purling the last row (if I’m right) – I have never used something like that but it looks very cool, doesn’t it?
Knitter: florka, here’s Ania’s project page
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Lima
The folder for this sweater on my compter is still called “Forest cardigan”. It must be thanks to the combination of this shade of green and the stitch pattern which reminds me of conifers. So how come it’s called Yakushima? The same reason. Yakushima is a Japanese island almost completely covered with trees, just like this cardigan with the lovely texture. Actually the name of this stitch pattern has nothing to do with trees – it’s Little Tent Pattern – but when I realized the name of the colorway I used is Tent, I knew this design was meant to be :-)
I made the sweater using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter which, in my opinion, is just perfect for unique textured fabric (and cables :-). I love how the slipped stitches stand out from the Garter columns. And I love the tweedy specs of yellow on the green background.
This cardigan is something new for me. I love fitted garments, nice waist shaping and a lovely scoop neck, but this time I decided to step out of my comfort zone and make my own version of so-called “grandpa’s cardigan”, with a relaxed fit, very minimal waist shaping (which you can easily adjust, of course, if you wish to) and pockets. I love the final result. The sweater is very comfortable and matches my everyday outfits a lot. More, it even matches my khaki dress which I bought two years ago at a clearance and haven’t worn since. Until now :-)
Finally this cardigan brought a pretty awesome person into my life. When Marcin (nope not my Hubby, though he’s pretty awesome too :-) agreed to take pics of my designs I was over the moon. I admire his work so much – the atmosphere, the colors and his “eye” were something that I found irresistable. After the photoshoot it turned out that photography is his passion and life and he’s truly talented. You might think that if someone takes wedding pics he would not understand what “knitting” is all about? So wrong! When Marcin sent me the pics of my designs my jaw dropped. Literally. This man knows what he’s doing and he loves it.
Yakushima is available on Ravelry and through Lete’s Knits website.
Happy knitting!xoxo, Justyna