Thursday, May 25, 2006

Cache Coeur Bergamo

Cache Coeur Bergamo

Pattern: Cache Coeur Bergamo, from Weekend Knitting
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Tape, "Electric", 6 balls
Needles: Size 10 for body, size 9 for border

Since I didn't use Bergamo yarn, is mine technically a "Cache Coeur Cotton Tape"?

Finished yesterday afternoon. I had all of the knitting done on Tuesday night, and then spent yesterday weaving in the ends and adjusting the armholes. The instructions for the armholes are exactly the same for all sizes, which... huh? You bind off 12 stitches with a three-needle bindoff to create the side seam, regardless of the size you're making. As such, the armholes come out HUGE, which then makes the tops of the sleeves stick out at a fairly unattractive angle. I seamed an extra 2" on the bottom of each armhole, and that took care of it.

The only other "modification" I made was that I worked the border around the opening in the round.

Cache Coeur Bergamo, border

The border... the border took a while. It came out great, and it's a nice added detail, but it was time-consuming. 240 stitches (this is for the small size), each of which get wrapped 4 times, so there are basically 960 stitches on the needles at one point. It makes for some very crowded needles and some really tight stitches that don't want to slide anywhere without some force. I ended up working that row of the border with the "sock on 2 circulars" method, because there was no way all of the stitches would have fit on one needle. And of course, I got to the last set of stitches and found that I was one stitch short, but there was NO WAY I was frogging, and I couldn't find a dropped stitch. So, one of my sets of crossed stitches only has 7 stitches, not 8, but you can't see it unless you're really looking for it.

Up next: finishing one of my other 4 projects. Probably Mon Petit Chou, since I'm in a knitalong for that and I feel bad that I haven't touched it in a few days.


Rain said...

It's lovely and looks great on you. The border is very pretty.

Anonymous said...

Howdy, there, chacha!

I am most impressed with yer skillz!

- Dead Eye Nellie

Steph said...

Very cute! (Let me know if you're up for a yarn run the last weekend in June--I may be up there!)

Zonda said...

Wow! Great job! I really like the border, man that was a lot of stitches! :)

yuvee said...

That's fantastic! I've always love that pattern, but couldn't figure out what yarn to use, thanks for the inspiration!It's perfect since I've always wanted to try cotton tape ;)

aks said...

I like that border a lot! I think I just came across that pattern somewhere on the web, and thought, ooh, I really ought to try that sometime... This is really a perfect use for it.

firefly said...

That's beautiful. Scrumptious work you did there!