Apr 21, 2006

Prairie Tunic, check

Prairie Tunic

Yarn: Jaeger Siena in ‘Driftwood’ (100% mercerized cotton), ordered from Angel Yarns in UK
Pattern: 'Prairie Tunic' from Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Knits (size Small)
Needles: US3 AddiTurbos
Recipient: Me, Myself, and I!
I plan to wear it to my brother’s wedding rehearsal dinner next weekend.
Thoughts: This is a little boring but perfect for television knitting. It should be a great project for learning basic lace making and the repetition inherent in the pattern would ensure that you really get it by the end of the project!

I made mistakes, some of which are dumb and I’ve just noted here for myself and/or historical accuracy. You should pay attention to #4 if you’re planning to make this, though.

1) When working the pattern, be sure to yarn over before you place the marker. I didn’t do this the first time I worked up the lace, resulting in an odd number of stitches and ‘bars’ stacked on top of each other instead of staggered.
2) ‘YO purlwise’ does not mean ‘purl-between’ or ytf
3) I changed ssps to ssks when decreasing the lace just because I thought it looked better.
4) There is a mistake in the pattern for decreasing in the front. I didn’t see any internet chatter on the subject until after I finished. Honestly, I thought I had screwed up or that the pattern was off because I was making a small size. You can see the effects of my sleepy fudging around the neckline in the detail below. Lesson of the day? When in doubt, do a blog search. These things happen all the time! …so don’t just assume you’re wrong.

Prairie Tunic detail

It fits well and has a nice drape, especially after steam blocking. I think I shall make some straps so I can hang it within view of an open closet door when it’s in season.

I had this much left:
Prairie Tunic leftovers

Yep, one untouched ball and a small bit of string.

I’m not sure about the color. Why I thought I would look as nice as the model does in that color is beyond me. That said, the situation may not be as dire as I think it is right now. I’ll post some photos after next weekend and y’all can chime in about the color.

I probably just need a tan.


Blogger jennysbelly said...

It is beautiful! I love the pattern but I don't think I can pull it off.

Blogger Chris said...

Oh, that is lovely - very elegant! But I totally can't pull off that color, either...

Blogger Ashley said...

Wait, who took that picture, the Anthropologie photostylists? Awesome. Never mind hanging it near the closet door--leave it right on th wall where it is!

PS out of curiousity, what are you wearing it with/over?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE that colour - I found a short sleeved cashmere sweater in a 2nd hand store yesterday in that very colour.

Beautiful handiwork - love the artsy fartsy photowork.

I second ashley's question...I have the hardest time finding suitable camisoles (sp?)...

Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

it's beautiful amanda! love it... now i have to get to it and do some summer wears too ;) thanks for the inspiration!

Blogger carrie said...

i love it! it's so elegant and will be perfect for a fancy dinner. i think the color is great, too -- springy without being overwhelmingly pastel. really lovely.

Blogger Theresa said...

Wow - that was fast! The magazine just came out, didn't it? What are you going to wear it with?

Blogger LotusKnits said...

Oooh! I'm working on this too, but in the the Blush color in Sienna. Yours looks beautiful, and thanks for the link to the correction!


Blogger Isabel said...

Looks great. I hope mine turns out as well as yours!


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