Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wanda Nell

Look who's snuck in just in time to be a Junebug! It's our latest pattern, the Wanda Nell! I designed this simple little cardi specifically for knitting with sock yarn...some of my favorite sock yarn!
 This was the first Wanda Nell I made using Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering. I have a few skeins of this lovely yarn because it's one of my favorites. The twist is so sweet and Claudia's dying is to...dye for! Hahahaha. Couldn't resist. I used Shells on the Beach and Maple Leaf. They just seemed to be made for one another. As you can see, I chose the lighter colorway for the ribbed edges and then alternated the two colors on the body for some fun stripes. You can also see that I went deep with the lower body edging on this one. Also, the waist shaping on this first sample was a little shallow, so I fixed that problem on the second one.

This little cardigan was one of the most fun knitting projects I've ever done. It's knit in fingering weight yarn, but on size 4 needles. This makes a light, smooth fabric perfect for a smart short-sleeved cardigan. Since it's knit from the top down, though, you could make the sleeves (and body) as long (or short) as you want.
Here's the second version I knit in Pagewood Farm Yukon in the Sea Breeze colorway. This one is going to my Aunt Wanda, because that's who I named this one after. My Aunt Wanda has been very good to me all my life. She needed a pretty sweater made just for her.
This is how much yarn I had out of three skeins of the bamboo/wool Yukon yarn. I've got enough to actually make some knee socks.

 The Wanda Nell is written for ten sizes from size two to size 20. The first six sizes take only two healthy skeins (450 yds) of sock yarn (fingering weight) and the last four sizes dip into a third skein.
That means I'm holding a sweater in my hands!
(Pagewood Farm Chugiak in Purple)

I hope you'll give the Wanda Nell Cardigan a try. And if you do, be sure to send me a picture--I want to see your unique creation!

I'll be back tomorrow to wrap up our Junebug Days celebration (is it almost over already?) with the Grand Prize Award! See you then!

4 comments:

The Sewing Loft said...

Great sweater! I really like how you used 2 yarns in the first sweater and made stripes. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

ikkinlala said...

Cute cardigan!

Amy said...

Love it! There can never be enough non-sock patterns for sock yarn. It's going in my queue right now!

GirlAnachronismE said...

Wow I love the cardigan, especially the first one, it's beautiful!