Wednesday, September 19, 2007

BOB, the cardigan


So quick I hadn't even blogged about its progress, this is the BOB (Bulky One-Button) cardigan. It was a very spontaneous project -- I was sick of having ten balls of chocolate-brown Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky in my stash and didn't know what to do with it, and then on Ravelry I came across the project page for the so-called Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet (pattern here for non-Ravelers). In particular, it was Starflower's version that got me casting on.

So, the AIC pattern was a springboard for BOB. I had to adjust for a different gauge, plus I knew I wanted to add exaggerated button bands down the fronts and lengthen both the body and the sleeves. Oh, and use the knit side rather than the purl side as the RS. I used a long 6.5mm circular needle for the body and button bands, and four 6.5mm dpns for the sleeves. Soaking the finished garment in Soak turned it from puffy to drapey. I'd originally planned to use one of my recently thrifted buttons for the closure, but in the end I felt that the chunky gauge overwhelmed the delicate button innards, so I went with a solid pearly button instead.

And now, watch closely as Mooky takes over the photo shoot completely...




And now for something serious: Who's watching ANTM tonight?

36 comments:

caroncm said...

Love the sweater. My 13 year old powered through her algebra in order to be ready for ANTM.

Chris said...

Great sweater! But Mooky! Ahhh. :)

anne said...

Oooh, nice. Also, your hair looks great. I love the color.

melissa said...

so cute. you look so great in it!
i think i just found a use for the malabrigo in my stash.

and um, i'm totally watching ANTM as i type. :)

La Cabeza Grande said...

This gives new life to something I was just about to remove from my queue!

J'adore BOB. And Mooky :o)

georgia said...

I am, and I'm hoping that it will help me to get over my cardigan envy! Bob is wicked!

caro said...

The cardi is super cute! Great job.

And yep, ANTM is on the DVR waiting for me as I type. It's so terrible but I can't resist it.

chez shoes said...

I *heart* BOB!

nicole said...

LOVE the sweater!! Excellent work.

I don't want to watch ANTM tonight, but I might *have* to.

Elizabeth said...

That's so cute. I've seen that pattern a bunch of times before, but your version looks unique. Nice job.

amanda said...

Love the BOB! Love Mooky! And, yes, to the serious question. I always find the first couple of episodes boring and tonight's was no different. Although I did like Heather (the self-proclaimed awkward, gangly one) -- I always love the geeks!

Jodi said...

Gorgeous BOB! I have no idea what ANTM is, I'm afraid. Sigh... must emerge from grad school cave more often. :-)

kris said...

i love the bob! particularly the wide button band and the button! hmm, maybe that's what i can do with that insanely purple chunky alpaca i got on sale years ago ...

Michelle said...

I love BOB. And I haven't been able to say that since Twin Peaks.

Kate said...

i only ever kknkow it's on because of you! I'll hopefully get to see it.

gleek said...

oooh, i love it! what a great way to modify a pattern to get what you want :)

carolyn said...

super cute sweat-ah, dude.

Stacey said...

that is so cute! what a great stashbuster....

i watched. shocked at how many from Massachusetts made it to the boat!

rachel m. said...

i loved the mooky pictures, though. they totally made me smile. the sweater is adorable, and you look adorable in it.


and yes, i'm going to watch antm, but we're away from it all up at the cottage, so i can't watch til we get home sunday night!!!

xo

monica said...

I love that! Mooky looks so fuzzy!

Senora Fuerte said...

Yeah ANTM!!! My money's on the girl with asperger syndrom... I regret now that I don't remember her name and have to refer to her by her medical condition, but if she can manage the non-photographic challenges with her condition, she's gonna rock it. What a face!!!

melissa said...

those are great pictures! and i love how your sweater turned out. the single pearly button is a nice touch.

Miss Mildred said...

The cardigan looks great. I have the same yarn sitting in my stash. You've inspired me. Maybe it won't be there for too much longer. (I hope.)

Veronique said...

It's your Rhinebeck sweater! :)

Paula said...

BOB, so very cute! ANTM a secret guilty pleasure. Mooky, love the kitty.

lynette said...

i love your BOB! i looked for it on Ravelry and didn't see it. but i'm definitely adding that to my list.

who are you on ravelry? i'm passionknit.

Octopus Knits said...

BOB sure is cute! But that Mooky is a clever cat!

Danae said...

Still don't undertund ravelry and love the capelet. I try to doet. Bye.

Tarilyn said...

OMG Bob is so cute! Love it!

goodkarma said...

You are adorable! That BOB is perfect for this time of year and fits right in with the season's swingy cardis. I imagine how soft it is to wear, too.

Miss Twiss said...

Hey BrainyLady, Is there anything at Pop Montreal you are looking forward to seeing?

lomester said...

Love the sweater, and its name!

laura said...

super cute!

Lolly said...

This is so cute! I love it on you :)

pamela wynne said...

LOVE BOB!! I'd never even considered making the original capelet, but BOB is making me droooool, especially with the button you chose. Great work! (& smooches to Mooky)

Gabrielle said...

I don't think that I can even begin to explain by what wondrous loop of blog browsing I ended up at your blog this evening...

...but I am glad that I did. BOB looks great and now I am wondering what I can turf out of my stash to knit it with.

I want one!