Sometimes I wonder where these designers come up with these names. Audrey in Unst. I had to Google Unst because at first I thought it was an emotion (you know, like Jackie in Pain or something). Apparently, Unst is an island.
Anyway, I finally took pictures of my simple black cardi I made for work. It’s the Audrey in Unst pattern (SURPRISE!) from the Fall 2009 Twist Collective. In this case, it’s me in Staten Island (HEY! It’s an island!!!).
I used one of my fave yarns to work with, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Black. But guess what? The shit ain’t BLACK black. It’s more of a washed out, dull black. Annoying as all get out when you try to wear it with BLACK BLACK pants. I mean, black is supposed to go with everything, but, guess what?? Washed out black doesn’t go as well with BLACK BLACK.
I might’ve knit it about an inch longer than called for in the pattern. I can’t remember at the moment. Let’s pretend I did. I definitely know that I opted to lengthen the sleeves somewhat. I didn’t want elbow length. I went for 3/4 – could’ve gone longer but I was bored and had Holiday knitting to do! Also, I went with plain ol’ k1, p1 ribbing everywhere it called for twisted rib because the non-blackness was just washing out the twisted ribbing – pun TOTALLY intended.
I love the little detail at the neckline, just enough lace. For the buttons, I went to what Cristi calls the Button District here in NYC. It’s not really a BUTTON district. It’s just the Fashion District’s button shops of which there happen to be more than many. In this instance, I visited the shop where the dude helped me pick out buttons for my first Tempest, Lou Lou Buttons. Lou did such a good job on that selection and I needed help picking out buttons again. He didn’t disappoint me as I knew he wouldn’t. He picked out some very nice black buttons that have some sparkle to them and stand out just the right amount without being flashy or BLACK BLACK (sigh….).
All in all, I’m pretty happy with this cardi. It’s quite warm, light and comfy which is what I wanted in a work cardi. The pattern is well written, too, so no complaints there.
Cristi and I are in the middle of planning a 2011 KAL. We hope you’ll join us. More details to come soon!
Audrey in Unst
- Source: Twist Collective Fall 2009
- Size: 48.5″ bust
- Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (6.8 skeins = 1305.6 yards)
- Color: Black
- Needles: US 3, 4, and 5
- Cost: Yarn – 6.8 skeins @ $6.43 per skein = $42.72
Buttons from Lou Lou Buttons on 38th street and 6th avenue in NYC – 11 buttons @ $1.19 each = $13.09
TOTAL COST: $55.81
- Started: September 15, 2010
- Finished: November 11, 2010
- Mods: I did not do any twisted ribbing. I did plain k1, p1 ribbing throughout. Sleeve mods: I wanted a longer sleeve so I repeated the decrease round every 9th round 4 additional times to what the pattern instructed. Then I knit 6 more rounds in stockinette and 24 rounds in k1, p1, binding off in pattern on the 24th row. This got the sleeves mid point between the elbow and wrist. I could’ve probably gone a bit longer as I had enough yarn but I decided to stop there.