Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Sweater for New York

I am going to Vogue Knitting Live in NY this weekend. It is a huge convention type gathering sponsored by my favorite magazine. I decided I just had to have this sweater featured in a recent edition. It was designed by Japan's Sanae Gunji and won first place in the contest sponsored by Vogue.
Here is the diagram of the front and back pieces. It is knitted like a big rectange and then the waist and sleeve bands and collar are added later. The whole thing is completely asymmetric, as you can see in this photo.

I was afraid that it would not be long or wide enough so made a mockup of the pattern pieces out of a knit fabric, tried it on and was able to see where I needed to add inches (done in knitting with short rows and gauge changes).  I am SO glad I was able to SEW a version first  to get a good fit!

It took me 2 weeks, working quite a few hours every day to finish it but I feel that it was well worth the effort and am looking forward to wearing it to the show.


As you can see, I made a hat, fingerless mitts, turtleneck and purse to wear with it.....so I've been doing SOME sewing too.  

9 comments:

  1. Luv, luv, luv it. Be sure to post a report afterwards. I need to put the Vogue show on my bucket list.

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  2. Wow! That looks great. I'm impressed you knit it in two weeks.

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  3. The conventions sounds fun! That's a quite impressive knit; I don't think I'd ever get something like that finished. Good to see you back in the blog world!

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  4. Your 'handknitted jumper' is fabulous. What a clever idea. Hope you enjoy your trip - it sounds like fun!!

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  5. That looks awesome on you! Great idea to sew a mock up beforehand. I am not average sized and sometimes I overlook patterns I like because I can't wrap my head around how to make them fit. Sewing a sample is brilliant.

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  6. What a very cool sweater! Great idea to mock-up in knit fabric too. That one is a bit of a puzzler to be easily adjusted for fit.

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  7. Beautiful! You are most brilliant!! Have a wonderful time at the convention :)

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  8. Love your style! What a great blog too.

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