Friday, November 12, 2010

FO Friday: Ribby Cardi Closure

Over the last couple of days, I've had that free time for more finishing work that I've been waiting for.  My husband and son are off on another mushroom-hunting adventure.  So yesterday afternoon, after taking care of some critter-related chores, I made myself some tea, put in a Netflix DVD, and finished another cardigan.

It's actually embarrassing, but the project I just finished was the Ribby Cardi that I started back in 2006!  I think I bought the yarn and cast on in 2006, finished knitting it in 2007, seamed it in 2008.  It's been sitting in a container waiting for a zipper or buttons ever since.  

For appropriate time-travel ambiance the Netflix DVD I watched while I worked was "Lost".  I think I started viewing that series around the same time I started this sweater.

Finally, here it is, my Ribby Cardi, all closed up:























 Pattern:  Ribby Cardi by Bonne Marie Burns
Source:  Chic Knits
Materials:  MC - Lambs Pride Superwash in "charcoal heather", CC - Lion Brand Superwash Merino, and US 6 and US 7 needles

 I still think the Ribby Cardi is a clever pattern with great built-in options, but the problem with taking so long to finish a sweater is that with everything I've learned since then, I would make different yarn and style choices if I was starting over with this pattern today.  If I could have a do-over, I think it would be more fun to knit it in 2 colors like the ones on the Ravelry pattern page.  Still, I'm happy to check it off the list.

Also, I'm excited about the new technique I learned to add the contrasting color I-cord trim and buttonholes.  I followed this tutorial for attached I-cord from The Purl Bee. 

To include buttonholes, I placed a marker where I wanted each buttonhole to be:

 















Then as I was knitting the attached I-cord, whenever I came to a marker, I knit 3 rows of I-cord evenly without picking up sweater edge stitches.  I skipped over a couple of the edge stitches where the marker was placed, and then restarted attaching the I-cord as I knit it:

Once the marker is removed, there is a smooth, neat edge and the buttonhole is hidden whether the sweater is opened or closed: 


For my next trick, I'm going to weave in ends on a sweater I started in 2007.  I love these FO Fridays for finishing motivation! 

To see projects from other motivated knitters please visit Tami's Amis, and maybe even join in the fun.


13 comments:

  1. I like it! I've often looked at that cardigan and thought it would be good on me. Was it an enjoyable knit? hehe

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  2. it looks great! finishing up those backburner projects is so satisfying :D

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  3. I actually have this pattern, after falling in love with it when I started knitting. Its been in my queue since joining Ravelry. This Winter it is going to get made - I even have the yarn. I was going to do the zipper version but I love this button technique so much I may have changed my mind. What a great looking option!

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  4. It is a great cardi. The long, cold nights of winter are perfect for movies and finishing up.

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  5. How refreshing to finish all of these projects. I love the edging and your button selection for this sweater.

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  6. It's beautiful. It's been a long wait to be finished, but I'd say it was worth it! I'd love something like that! I love the color you chose.

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  7. It's a beautiful sweater. I have projects that take awhile too. My bargello blanket I've been working on as long as you have this cardi. Somethings just have simmer for awhile.

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  8. I like that idea about handling the buttonholes. It is a very clever solution.

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  9. Gorgeous! It's extra gratifying to finish a project that has been on the needles a bit longer than you expected. This one was worth the wait.

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  10. Love your sweater! Especially how you did the buttonholes! Don't get me started on those cool buttons either ;)

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  11. Nifty i-cord technique - thanks for sharing! And for inspiring with all your finishing (not that I've been revisiting those hidden projects in the closet, but I do think about it...).

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  12. These buttonholes are utterly ingenious!

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  13. Hey, nice cardie, I especially like your choice of buttons. My hubby and I just recently watched all 6 seasons of lost on Netlifx, in a three-week marathon!

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