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Georgina, Reprised

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Behold, the most flattering garment I have ever knit! I never blogged my first version of the Georgina cardigan (knit in 2012) because I didn’t use vegan yarn and felt weird about it (well, yeah).

 

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Photo by Aram Comjean.

 

Georgina #2 is knit from a bamboo-pima cotton blend I’ve enjoyed knitting with before, although this version is definitely slippier:

 

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Photo by Aram Comjean.

 

The shawl collar won’t stay put, but on the upside, it’s much more comfortable to wear than that scratchy wool. First finished garment of 2015! (The Unicorn dress was #2.)

 

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I am trying to make cardigans and dresses to wear together. The green bolero and my sundress #1 matched so perfectly—I must recreate (and veganize) this outfit. The sundress fell to pieces from so much wear, but I have enough calico to make another one! (I’ve already started it. Three more dresses to finish by the end of the summer!)

The construction of this bolero is pretty ingenious: you start at the back, increasing stitches and separating for the side fronts, then block hard before grafting the shoulders and picking up stitches for the sleeves and collar. As for pattern notes, my only suggestion is to start the decreases immediately after picking up the armhole stitches. Otherwise there’s too much fabric around the underarms.

 

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Weird am-I-flexing-my-bicep-or-what pose here, but you see how the shoulder fits together.

 

And now it’s time for a BUTTON-OFF!:

 

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Georgina #1 buttons were a gift from Ailbhe. Georgina #2 ancient-coin buttons from M&J Trimming in NYC.

 

I will deeeeefinitely be knitting a third version at some point, but I have to decide on a less slippery yarn sub.

I’ve made zero knitting progress lately, partly because of all the sewing I’ve been doing (yay!) and partly because I’ve hit a wall—ambitious lace vs. not taking the time to memorize the pattern so I can knit on autopilot. I need to get started on something mindless for a camping trip this weekend!

 

2 Comments to Georgina, Reprised

  1. July 23, 2015 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    When ever I think of you, I see you in this cardigan. Looking forward to a future write or knit date! By the way, I am a knitting instructor now too.

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    July 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I love that blue!!

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