Completed: The Peacock Eyes Cardigan

23 Sep

Who else out there has a sewing or knitting kindred spirit? You know, someone who is pretty much always on the same wavelength as you when it comes to projects, whose blog or Ravelry queue is prime for lurkin’ because it means you’re totally about to find your new favorite pattern without actually discovering it yourself? For me, that’s Jo. Seriously, her Ravelry favorites are one of my favorite things to look at on the internet because I love basically everything that she loves (also, when I opened that link to embed it in this post, I discovered ANOTHER cardigan pattern that I need. Dammit, Jo!). It seems like every time we chat about what we’re working on, it’s something creepy similar. I love having a knitting twin!!

Jo's Francis sweater
Red Cashmerino Cowl

See? I spied her Francis, Revisited sweater and SHAMELESSLY ripped it off as soon as I got my hands on the yarn. No hate.
Wish I could have ripped off her amazing hair, too, but I guess life doesn’t work that way :P

So we decided for our next projects, we’d embrace that twinsy-ness and try to channel each other’s wavelength… the wavelength being bright green, obviously, since we had both been independently thinking about buying yarn in this color. We weren’t planning on finishing at the same time (one thing I’ve learned is that you can’t really rush knitting!), but somehow it worked itself out anyway. So here’s mine – in brilliant kelly green, my new favorite color of right this second.

Peack Eyes Cardigan

This is the Peacock Eyes pattern. Lots of my favorites rolled up in this one – top-down, once piece, fingering weight, pretty lacework. Hell yeah!

Peack Eyes Cardigan

I bought the yarn for this sweater back in August, when I knew I would be having surgery and lots of couch-time as a result. I decided to treat myself to something special, and, whooo boy, this stuff is special all right. The brand is Vice and it’s a blend of merino, silk, and cashmere. It feels just as amazing as is sounds, and the color is incredible (don’t let my shitty pictures fool you – it’s bright Kelly green, y’all).

Peack Eyes Cardigan

It was also really really expensive – like $70 for 2 skeins. Ok, I guess that’s not *that* expensive, but it’s the most I’ve paid for sweater yarn to date! Totally worth it, though. I enjoyed knitting every single stitch of this cardigan. It was like angels on my fingertips or some shit.

Peack Eyes Cardigan

If you clicked over to the pattern link, you’ll see that my cardigan is much more cropped than the original pattern, as well as having shorter sleeves. I had to change a couple things up to get my yarn to work with the pattern as I didn’t buy enough – two skeins meant I was about 100-150 yards short of the suggested amount, and I didn’t want to buy a third skein soooo I improvised! I’m not a huge fan of long cardigans, anyway, so this worked out – although in retrospect, I may have cropped it too much. Oops. I’ll still wear it, though :)

Peack Eyes Cardigan

I really love this style of cardigan. I think the lace peacock eyes are so pretty!

Peack Eyes Cardigan

It looks good unbuttoned, too – which I’ve already tested this theory, wearing it last week before I sewed the buttons on. Ha! It just looked toooo good with my outfit, is the thing.

Peack Eyes Cardigan

Since the cardi is pretty shrunken with a good amount of negative ease, the button bands really don’t like laying completely flat – see in the picture? I hand sewed seam binding to the undersides so at least the actual button holes aren’t trying to pull open (ugh, I just hate the way that looks, sorry), but there is still a little bit of pulling. I am happy with the way it fits, though.

Peack Eyes Cardigan

I feel like I should point out the new piece of jewelry in my septum – well, I guess it’s not really new, it’s been there for over a month. It’s just a retainer; I got it so it could be removed during surgery, but I kind of like it so I haven’t changed back to the silver horseshoe. My mom hates it. She says it looks like I have a staple in my nose, haha. What do you think?

Peack Eyes Cardigan

One other thing, I wore this dress because 1. It looks awesome with the green; and 2. I wanted to show y’all that I did fit my puckery bust darts. Of course, you can’t see them at all so obviously this is a moot point, but, you know. Just so you know.

Peack Eyes Cardigan

One more back shot, because I can!

Peack Eyes Cardigan

I do have one question for the knitter pros – see how my button band does not align with my bottom ribbing? No matter what I do (and I’m extra careful to pick up the stitch at the VERY edge of the ribbing when I start the band), I can’t get it to make a straight line. Any tips on how to fix that?

Peack Eyes Cardigan

I didn’t have any green petersham ribbon to sew to the button band like I normally do, so I used rayon seam binding. It does not exactly match – it’s teal, the sweater is green – but it complements. I sewed my button holes on as usual (and stuck a piece of silk organza underneath because my machine wanted to eat that rayon) and then stitched it on the sweater by hand. It’s not as solid or pretty as the petersham would be, but it works!

Peack Eyes Cardigan

Peack Eyes Cardigan

The buttons are vintage, a gift from my sister-in-law. They are a perfect match for the yarn color!

Peack Eyes Cardigan

This is a shitty picture, but it shows the true yarn color. Told ya – kelly green ;)

Peack Eyes Cardigan

I guess that’s it! Full Ravelry notes are here. Now hop over to Jo’s blog and check out her green goddness… she went with the same brilliant green, but with different pattern (omg amazing)(yes it’s already in my queue).

Who’s your crafty Kindred Spirit?

EDIT Almost forgot to mention this! I’m taking a quick, last-minute trip to Chicago this weekend and would love to meet up with some sewing friends for fabric shopping and eats! I sent out an inquiry on Twitter and we’re cooking up some plans right now, but if you did not see the tweet and would like to join – just send me an email! We are looking at either Saturday or Sunday (the 28th & 29th).

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54 Responses to “Completed: The Peacock Eyes Cardigan”

  1. Jo September 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Well it would just be WRONG if I wasn’t the first commenter… it was really fun stalking your knitting progress and I LOVE the finished cardigan you have! I love it with the navy! You look stunning and of course I covet this knit (Oh and thanks for your sweet words btw!!) Basically what I’m trying to say is you’re really inspiring and knitting twins 4EVA!
    (omg I just noticed there’s a Jo tag on your post, hahaha, awesome! Off to add a Lauren tag to mine)

    • LLADYBIRD September 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Haha, I figured you deserved your own tag since we are twinz now :) Yay I’m so glad we were able to get our match on!

  2. megknitficent September 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Try picking up a few more stitches for the button band. I find picking up 3, skipping 1 works best for me but it’s different for everyone. Not having enough stitches picked up can cause the whole buttonband to pull in a bit, making it look like it’s not lining up at the bottom. Otherwise, try using blocking wires, run through the bottom of the button band and the bottom of the sweater to create a nice even line. Ribbing needs a really good blocking because of its tendency to pull in.

    • LLADYBIRD September 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      This is very helpful, thank you so much!

      • Kate September 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

        Yup this is what I do and it generally works. I just pick up however many seems about right, which is not a very helpful instruction! But I do find the pattern almost never says to pick up enough stitches.

        The cardi I’m knitting now, I picked up a bunch of stitches and then decreased down to get an even number on each edge. But one side sits flat and the other is pulling up just a teeny bit – enough to drive me mad, though! It’s going to be getting a thorough blocking when I’m done.

        Thanks for showing the binding behind. I haven’t knit too many cardis, I mostly knit pullovers, and I was just wondering about the details because I want to do this with the one I’m knitting now.

  3. Cherie September 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    OK, you asked; you mention wanting to look more professional at work in your posts, you sew and knit wonderful sophisticated things…just my opinion, but I think you’ve outgrown the nose ring. Try spectacular “real jewelry” earrings, pendants, bracelets, you don’t need to buy more than one piece at a time. But when you get “older”, you will have a most envied collection to enhance all those lovelies coming from your sewing room. Just my opinion.

    • LLADYBIRD September 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      I’m not tired of the nose ring yet, so it’s staying for now :) As far as looking professional at work – I can very easily flip it up inside my nose and no one can see it unless they are literally underneath me looking straight up my nose. So I’m not concerned about that, and neither is my boss. Thanks for your input, though :)

  4. misscrayolacreepy September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    I think that is the most perfect shade of green for such a beautiful pattern! And Jo is awesome, so I am glad you guys are knitting twins!

    Random fact: I have had my septum pierced for close to nine years and no one on the world wide web knows it. I flip it up and don’t think that I have ever worn it down. Yesterday I was just telling Luke that I wanted some new jewelry for it, but I am so picky!

    • LLADYBIRD September 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Aw, I bet your nose looks cute with a little piercing in it! Let’s get something matching and be all creepy together, hahaha

      • misscrayolacreepy September 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

        Yes, let’s do it!

  5. Lucy September 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Clearly you are, because I have 95% finished a cropped Peacock Eyes cardigan! Crappy photo is crappy, but look!

  6. ShanniLoves September 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I just love Jo! Cute as a button she is! Yay for knitting twins. You make me wish I didn’t break my knitting needles in a fit of rage!

  7. JuliaBobbin (@JuliaBobbin) September 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    That Jo, she sure does get around. Here I was thinking she was MY kindred spirit. :) That poor girls ravelry page is about to break with all her new friend requests.

    And so is yours, because this cardigan is breaking my eyeballs with amazingness! This one is in my queue also and it was going to be made in the same colour!

    Loz, (that’s what your name would be abbreviated to in Australia) I’m pretty sure you’re my knitting brain twin. I love everything you do, and then I hate you a little bit for it ;)

    • LLADYBIRD September 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      No hate, just EMBRACE. Wanna make a matchy somethin’ with me too? :D Ha!

  8. jen September 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    that cardi is gorgeous!!!!! and perfect with that dress! I want your whole outfit!

  9. Juliet September 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I have seen Jo’s knitting in person, and the current project made me wish I was a cat so I could purr at how pretty it was and make puddings on it with my paws (minus claws though) – she’s got talent! Adore your version – the lace is super pretty. A tip too – when I do buttons up the front placket I sew my buttonholes on the horizontal as opposed to vertical – it means they don’t gapr and stretch open so much. Not sure if it’s ‘right’, but I do it anyway!

  10. --anu September 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    If you pick up an extra stitch at the beginning and end of the ribbing, i.e. pick up 2 sts per 2 rows AND increase one extra stitch at the very end then you get a perfect 90 degree angle. At least it has always worked for me :)

  11. Jen September 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Such a good color on you. I might be biased since green is my fav, but whatever.

  12. nettie September 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Gorgeous!! I LOVE it with your Hawthorn!!

  13. Denise September 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Love love love. As for my crafting twin– it’s probably you! My taste seems pretty similar to yours (I just finished a Ceylon blouse, have a pair of Thurlows on tap, have a pair of Renfews, etc. etc.), and I can’t think of anything you’ve made that I didn’t like. A LOT. Except for the nose ring– I don’t do needles, and the thought makes the back of my legs feel all wibbly :)

    • LLADYBIRD September 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Well, if it helps, I did not feel it at all when it was getting pierced. I know that sounds crazy – and believe me, I do NOT have a high tolerance for pain – but I was pleasantly surprised. I psyched myself out for nothing, haha!

      Now healing, on the other hand… that part sucked!

  14. weefrills September 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Sooooo pretty! I’m glad you’re still knitting!

    • LLADYBIRD September 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Never to stop, I hope! ;)

  15. nishi September 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Gorgeous cardigan and I love the name of the pattern! I used to have my nose pierced (I took it out because I was sick of people “helping” by pushing it in to my nose – ow! – I must have really narrow nostrils!) and I really miss it now so I’m living vicariously through your, erm, nose! Finding people who inspire you and being able to interact with them is definitely one of the nicest things about sharing your stuff online – it really is such a lovely friendly community of people! I don’t think I have one twin (especially as I’ve only just started to put my stuff online), but there are certainly lots of people who have similar taste in bright colourful prints! Hurray for you and Jo twinning!

    • LLADYBIRD September 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      I REALLY love the interaction that goes on in the sewing/knitting/crafty blog community. You’re right – it’s super friendly and everyone is so lovely! I’m so happy to be a part of it :)

  16. Mikhaela Reid September 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    You are seriously out of control. That is just a FANTASTIC sweater in every possible way, and FINGERING weight and kelly green… LOVE! I am now going to stalk her Ravelry, too.

  17. Debbie September 23, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Beautiful! I love the pattern and the color. A wool, silk, and cashmere yarn sounds like a dream to work with.

  18. Alli September 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    both of your cardis are super cute. I LOVE the green that used….its gorgeous!

  19. Katarina September 24, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Awesome! As for the button band, I always slip the first stitch and pick up 2 sts at the very edge of the bottom ribbing, and block the hell out of it :) I have like 10 pins there when blocking :)

    • LLADYBIRD September 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      It sounds like my blocking is not aggressive enough, I will need to rethink my strategy!

  20. Xenia Katie September 24, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Dang! I wish I could knit! I’m so amazed by people who can sew AND knit amazing clothes. Great work :D

    • LLADYBIRD September 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Well… what’s stopping you? ;D

  21. Sandra September 24, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    Really nice cardi ;) This color suits you well.
    As other said, try to pick up more stitch at the bottom and wet block it. It will help to place all elements together.
    But you can use your inside ribbon to stabilize it too. When I cut my ribbon, I don’t measure according to my buttonhole edge, but according to the edge of my cardi (see my Grace on Rave, id : laiguille, we’re friends, but ok it’s garter stitch not ribbing) and I sew my ribbon with my sewing machine. I sew two ribbons at both edges, and these have to have the same length. It helps me to have same length at the two sides of my cardi and to get clean corners.
    I hope it helps ;)

  22. Kat H September 24, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    Ooooh pretty!!! Love love that colour. And the pattern. And the length. Love!

    One day, I must learn to knit. Maybe I need to go bug Jo about that….. I keep getting all green-eyed jealous of the knitting skills of you ladies! ;-)

  23. Amanda September 24, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Freaking. Rad.
    And that colour is delish!

  24. discodots September 24, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    I spied this on your Ravelry and have been looking forward to the big reveal. It looks great. As far as I am concerned it is a perfect cardigan in every way. Now all I need to do is get my skills up to speed so I can have a bash at it.

  25. Jane September 24, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    That sweater is gorgeous – the style is just perfect for you, and the colour is FAB. In terms of the ribbing, it looks like you picked up enough stitches, and the issue is just that the button band is ribbed fabric, which is going to “suck in” and be narrower, making that little scallop. Sometimes stabilizing with ribbon like you’ve already done is enough – I assume you also wet-blocked the sweater, but the other thing you could try is pinning out the button band ends so the they dry exactly as neat as you want them. They may still contract with time and wearing but that might help.

  26. lifeisjustduckie September 24, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I love this cardi! It’s so cute! I really like the tealish colour showing up in the “crappy” photos. I definitely think you are my sewing/knitting twin; I adore everything you make and add it to my list, haha.

  27. sallie September 24, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    GGaaaahhhhh SO GORGEOUS! Quit making me want to learn how to knit!!

    • LLADYBIRD September 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      NOOOO, COME JOIN THE DARK SIDE!!

  28. Anna September 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    That cardigan is really lovely, I wish I could knit! I tried a few times and I just can’t get the tension right! Lol!

    By the way, did you make the dress you are wearing in the photos and if yes, what pattern is that? It looks great! : D

    • LLADYBIRD September 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Tension was a major issue for me when I learned how to crochet (which happened before I learned how to knit. I sucked at crocheting, ha!) so I hear ya. Maybe try holding the yarn differently? I knit continental, with circular needles, and I wrap the yarn around my left pinky.

      Yes, I did make my dress! It’s a Colette Hawthorn – you can read all the info about it here :)

  29. Kim September 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Ahh another beautiful cardigan! You’re like a knitting superhero at warp speed! I really like your piercing, I think it looks very cool..

  30. Rachelle September 25, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    The sweater is great and I love your lipstick! I think the cropped length is perfect, just at your waist.
    Personally, I’m not a fan of the “staple in the nose” look, but I AM extremely jealous that you can change your septum piercing. The ball on my horseshoe got screwed on too tight and so I haven’t been able to remove it for years! I’ll get on fixing that one day but I don’t relish taking out the pliers!

    • goodbyevalentino September 25, 2013 at 6:02 am #

      Beautiful – both of them! How DO you do it.? … And yes I have discovered kindred spirits as well through my blog. It’s one of the best parts about blogging if you ask me!

    • LLADYBIRD September 25, 2013 at 9:37 am #

      Ah, girl, I am completely incapable of removing the ball on my horseshoe myself if that makes you feel any better… I just go to the piercer and let them do it :) Which is why I haven’t switched back from the staple – I’ve been toooo lazy to go back to the piercer to get the horseshoe put back in. I used to have a monroe piercing, and every time I tried to deal with the ball I’d lose it down the sink drain. So I just let the piercer deal with that shit now, ha! :)

  31. Diana September 25, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    You’re coming to Chicago the weekend I’m going to New York! WHY FATE WHY >:[ ! Just make sure you go to the Pilsen fabric warehouse — 2121 West 21st Street. It’s closed on Saturdays, but if you’re into AMAZING BRUNCH you could go to Nightwood (in the same neighborhood) and get your bloody mary/mimosa on, and then hit up the Warehouse. Just a suggestion.

    Also, omg that sweater. You’re inspiring me to learn how to knit in time to make one sweater for next winter (I think there’s no hope for this coming one…)

  32. June September 25, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    The button band is pulling in because it’s ribbing, and ribbing does that. Picking up more stitches and blocking hard (pin, steam the bejeezus out of it, don’t move it until it’s dry) will help.

    And girl, listen to your mama! :)

  33. Kelly September 29, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I love this sweater! You are such a pro. I wasn’t actually following Jo before, but believe me I will be now.

  34. Sara C October 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    You always have the cutest sweaters! I need to learn to finish my projects I’ve started.

    I have my septum pierced, also. I’m a high school teacher, so I wear my retainer at work. But, every now and again a kid will see the metal glinting and ask my what is in my nose. And, I can’t help it! I tell this story every time: my first year teaching, I got into a horrible accident with a stapler. I have a staple stuck in my nose. It actually ended up in such a strange spot that they can’t remove it without me bleeding to death.

    And, I tell it with a perfectly straight face. Kids believe me every year, teachers aren’t supposed to lie! I usually tell them the truth at the end of class, though.

  35. sissiri October 9, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    Ooh, pretty! I like long cardigans but have been thinking of making some cropped ones that work better with some skirts and dresses I have.

    As for the button band I started “cheating” pretty early on in my cardigan knitting journey and, after blocking (I don’t like to pin the ribbing that much because I rather that it’s springy and slightly tight than it starting to sag) I sneakily crochet a few chain stitches along the bottom and top of the ribbing with some of the yarn ends I haven’t woven in yet. It adds just a tiny bit of length and stops the ribbing from curling up on itself. AND, it’s practically invisible unless you’re really close! :)

  36. missjoiedevivre October 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    I read your posts the minute they show up in my reader (like the crazed stalker I am) but save commenting until I’ve got time to wrestle with the comment function on my phone. But the second I read this I sent Jo a squealy, envy-laden text. You’re both so spectacularly gorgeous and such amazing knitters and how envious am I that she got to play this game with you?

    Your knitting was a big part of what tipped me over into the knitting camp, and the cropped silhouette you use was definitely a big revelation to me too. So how much do I love this cardi? A whole frigging heap, that’s how much. Its gorgeous and it ticks all of my lust factors and I must have it. Of course, I’ve got 5 projects queued up at the moment… But nonetheless, this will be mine.

  37. symondezyn October 10, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    The kelly green is TOTALLY your colour… and Jo’s – nice work to both of you! I don’t have a knitting or sewing twin, alas, but I count myself blessed to have loads of inspirations and blogs/ravelry pages to lurk, including yours! LOL

    We definitely share a love for cropped, fitted cardigans :)

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