Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tarts and (Hand-On-Heart Promise) The Last of the Bosom Posts

I confess, I have rather enjoyed typing the word ‘bosom’ in recent posts. It’s a word that looks every bit as matronly as I mean it – and with two ‘o’s to boot...

Below is a shot of the back of one completed Tarty Cardi (Tea Leaves Cardigan in Madelinetosh Tart yarn), with all ends woven in and buttons sewn on and (just to be unexpected) not involving any bosoms.



Here is a shot of the front of the same cardi, involving bosoms and the tartiest looking floral arrangement I could muster from my garden. Apologies for the weirdy posing.



Another shot from the back, again not involving bosoms and showcasing the fact that I could have further reduced the amount of stitches in the back – but overall, I’m pretty happy with that waist shaping.



A final bosom shot of the Tarty Cardi, with distracting purchasings from Ceres so I don’t feel like I am doing more weirdy posings. This also serves to document the existence of living herbery (etc), in case this dodgiest of green thumbs commits some forgetful sin and things start looking less healthy.



Vital Stats on the Tarty Cardi
NON KNITTERS LOOK AWAY NOW (or you’ll pass out from sheer boredom)...
I cast on as per a size 38 of the Tea Leaves Cardigan pattern. I began waist shaping 34 rows after the yoke section. I knit five rows of dart-like decreases (front and back – so decreasing eight stitches in total per row) with eight rows between each decrease row. Three rounds of dart-like lifted increases followed (front and back, so eight increased stitches per row), again with eight rows between each increase row. Another eight rounds of stockinette and five rounds of garter stitch to finish.

The non-sleeves
Because I already own a Tea Leaves with sleeves, I thought I’d see how much more wear I got out of non-sleeve version. I picked up eighteen stitches under the arm and proceeded to knit five rows. The intention was for a bit of cap sleeve-thing, which after blocking has flopped down more than I thought it would. The first row I increased a stitch every five stitches, the second row every tenth – probably an entirely dodgy way of going about things. Three more rows and a loose cast off.

The Clever Bit
I used precisely three skeins of the Madelinetosh Tosh DK Tart – with fifteen centimetres to spare. It was touch and go for a wee while there.

43 comments:

Vic said...

Thanks for that warning to look away... knitting instuctions leave me with keyboard indentations on my forehead & drool on the desk... However;

Gorgeous cardi.

Fabulous colour.

Sad about the end of the bosom posts; it IS a good word (& I'm sure it's not at all weird to say "& I'm sure you've a fine bosom?? Okay... maybe a bit weird..)!

CurlyPops said...

I completely ignored the vital stats (it's all double dutch to me), but MAN, I love that tarty cardi!!

My Bearded Pigeon said...

I love the word bosom. I love the cardi and I will be sad to see the end of bosom posting.

the arty dog said...

I love a sleeveless cardi, sleeved ones too. Not being a knitter I am very envious of what you've made. Love the colour. Well done.

Mary said...

Gorgeously tarty and yay for winning yardage chicken. I've got my yarn chosen for one of these too.

Di said...

Wow you productive clever knitter you! Looks gorgeous, love that colour and a very wearable garment too I'm sure.

rachelmp said...

It looks great! I made it last year in size 40 and it's way too big for me. I might use your alterations and I love the look with short sleeves too.

Lara said...

That tart colour is so, so luscious! You've made a mighty fine cardi there Tania. You can stick your bosom out proudly!
Lara @ thornberry

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Can I say I hope you and your Tarty Cardi will be Bosom Buddies?

No, didn't think so.

It is a fabulous colour and you've done a smashing job of it. And I love all the weirdy posing :D

Cheers,
AJ

PS you never did say if you'd gorn off laceweight for scarfses and shawlses?

Tas said...

That colour is divine. Gorgeous cardi. And while I too lament the passing of the word "bosom" in your posts, I live in the expectation that you will find another naughty word to use...frequently...and gratuiously... ;)

Tas said...

Or even gratuitously lol.

Kylie said...

You have done great things, Mrs. Loving the bosom-ness and the tartie blossoms. You look great... and how fabulous to finish a project :) Kx

Michelle said...

Lovely cardi you have there. I am sure you will get loads of wear out of the no sleeve version, and you have almost tempted my into casting one on myself....

Tracey said...

go the waisting, you almost have me thinking about pulling out a set of sticks again (I could always try the continental method), but I did say ALMOST

Stomper Girl said...

All Ends Sewn In and Buttons and Everything?!?!

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*wow*

Looks absolutely divine on you too. Clever girl.

Nikki said...

Love it all, including the flopsy cap sleeves.

Do you reckon it'd work in petite-pear shape?

Madeleine said...

Absolutely gorgeous! :D

melissa said...

Gorgeous colour and shape.

Thanks for the knitting warning - but of course I still read it despite not understanding a word. It must be a compulsion to not be able to skip any sentences in anything I read...

Fer said...

I should show this post to my husband..... he likes bosoms..... ;)

It's a gorgeous cardi and you've done a super job. ♥

**Anne** said...

Beautiful cardi in the tartiest colour. :D Wish I could knit like that. Thanks for sharing.
Anne xx

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

I'm never going to be able to read the word bosom again without seeing those two o's.... trust you to find pictures in words, just as you do in buildings and parking meters!

Loving the color of that wool!

Michelle said...

adore your tarty cardi...I did get side tracked reading the pattern notes...but the pictures sure had my attention...I love the colour and design...

flowerpress said...

You make a great Tart!
Its perfect.
And with added foliage, plants, gardening, bosoms... well I'm sold!
(Not sure how you knit these things so very fast?)

Pixiewear said...

It's lovely! I tried to find it on ravelry so i could fave it, but you only have one project listed, so I'm doing it here. Gorgeous yarn and I like the way the sleeves turned out.

Kylie said...

It looks great. Love the colour and I think that you will get lots of wear out of this cap sleeve version.

Pingos do Céu said...

Great project and what a beautiful color.

Amanda said...

Oh wow, I love it!! the non sleeves would totally work for me. And that color is awesome..Great job. I am afraid that If I start something like this for me I will never finish..

Leonie said...

oooooooo.....I love a little tart in the morning!!! Its just DELICIOUS!!

Sue said...

Gorgeous tarty cardigan! I quite like it without sleeves!

clare's craftroom said...

Bosoms or not that is some great knitting !

Anna said...

Tarty cardi is fab, and what you have done not dodgy in the slightest. I have some Tosh yarn awaiting this project in a bewdiful green. I wonder if your notes would help for bosomy apple shape?

Sarah said...

WOw that colour is beautiful... Keep the boosoming up - life is to short!

teddybearswednesday said...

It's just stunning, so is the colour so is the model.
You know how I feel about Bosom talk xo

Gaby said...

Looks great! I love the short sleeved version, and the colour is beautiful too.

p.s. I'm definitely in pre-market conniption mode! Especially since I've never done a market before, I don't know what to expect and what to prioritize. I lost a bit of sleep last night over the whole thing. Any tips?

Mel said...

Just as I start to consider myself a "knitter" (you know, now that I've done sleeves AND cables) you start talking waist shaping and I'm back to rocking in the corner. BUT not before I got to admire that AMAZING tarty cardi! Divine of course VERY flattering!

(I'm starting to feel very depressed about our almost meet up this weekend ...)

june at noon said...

It really does look great. The color is perfect, and it fits very nicely. There's nothing so satisfying as getting away with the smallest bit of yarn possible leftover.

Oh, and the bosoms are welcome to visit again any time!

Kirsty said...

Fabulous work. You don't look the least bit tart - v sophisticated.

Suse said...

More boobage. You have no shame.

mother of purl said...

Hello and thankyu for visiting my blog- my mother lives in Cairnes so it's good to think I have a little gang of people wishing my apples well in the Southern hemisphere!

I love the look of your cardi- I haven't knitted anything for myself for an age, but you've inspired me to browse for some nice new yarn. Loving your fresh herbs too x

librarygirl said...

wow, love that colour!

1/4 of an inch said...

Well I think it is amazing... the Tart Tosh is one of my favourites... made a cowl a while back.. You've done a beautiful job Tania...xx Tam

Jo said...

And again I wish I could knit!! This is really lovely. So clever.

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