Clouds of grey

Carolien PS Apr 2015 - Web (32)Although I prefer making up my own patterns, it is sometimes fun to knit someone else’s pattern. Especially if it’s as stunning as this one by Betty Barnden  —  published in Let’s Knit, May 2008.

When I saw this pattern I immediately knew I wanted to try it. The original was knitted in a variegated yarn, but I wanted to create my own “paint palette”  by combining different yarns.

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The picot seams and the blocks at the bottom are my own touches.

Carolien PS Apr 2015 - Web (28) Shortly after I saw this pattern  I visited an alpaca farm in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Midlands with a group of knitters.

And as any self-respecting knitter would, I bought a whole stash of yarn. A perfect fit for this pattern, although the alpaca was thinner than the yarn in the original pattern.

So I had to rework the pattern. I added my own touches, like the picot seams and the blocks at the bottom. I combined the alpaca with sock wool I had hand dyed myself.

I loved the effect, but it still ended up being one of those garments that lay in a cupboard for a long time while I was figuring out how to fasten it. That is, until I got my brain wave for “movable buttons”.

The original design by
The original design by Betty Barnden.

Carolien PS Apr 2015 - Web  (33)My version is lighter than the original and wraps more snugly around the body. I thought the original fixed button would limit one’s options.

This garment is for sale. if you are interested, please contact me via e-mail. The address is under “contact” at the top of the blog page.

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Look closely under the arm to see the picot seam I added to the design.
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