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If I had a hammer…

February 8, 2008



This is kaleidoscope (at least inspired by kaleidoscope, you know how it goes). It came about as a fortuitous coincidence of pattern publication and yarn acquisition. Said yarn–Aracuania Ranco Multi–was originally intended to be a wrap of some sort, but if we all know how readily I am inclined to flights of fancy.


The even-more-fun part: Somewhere along the way of knitting this I got it in my head that it would only work with little purly snaps. I lined the hole-less button bands with ribbon first, which I think would could have been better executed on a machine with double feeds because it stretched out the knitting, leading to the dreaded bulging of the button bands.


ribbon lining

(Oh, and lessons learned for next time: I should have done the button bands in vertical rib to hide the stitching, readily apparent in the picture below but not enough to upset my general state of existence.)

“All purpose” — no joke! This spool served to cushion the hammer strokes. Kudos to the snap manufacturers for making it work without buying additional tools!

The snaps were quite simple and fun. Two parts and a few hammer blows for each side, and I’m wearing it!


This little sweater’s got some weirdness going on, what with the ribbon and loose gauge, but happily upon its first wearing the ribbon relaxed a bit–or perhaps I did because it did not bother me in the least.



16 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2008 1:32 pm

    So pretty! I love the length of the sleeves, and the pearly snaps are just the thing. The neckline looks great on you, too.

  2. February 8, 2008 1:43 pm

    The sweater is awesome, and made even more so by the fact that you needed a hammer to help assemble it. 🙂

  3. February 8, 2008 2:54 pm

    Absolutely stunning, like everything you do!! glad you solved your button problem, more or less- you can’t tell anything’s wrong from the photos.

  4. girlwhoknits permalink
    February 8, 2008 11:26 pm

    I don’t see any weirdness at all. It is absolutely lovely.

  5. February 9, 2008 7:57 pm

    Really cute – very flattering fit! I always find putting snaps in quite satisfying (or maybe i just like hammering).

  6. February 10, 2008 11:25 am

    It fits you perfectly! Snaps–what a great idea.

  7. February 11, 2008 2:33 am

    You know, I am usually not a variegated yarn person, but this cardi is just too cute! I love how it fits on you. So darling. And i think the snaps was a perfect idea. I am going to have to keep that in mind for the future.

  8. February 11, 2008 3:51 pm

    I never thought of using snaps before… how clever! They look soooo purty! Now I’m off to find something I can knit that needs snaps!

  9. February 12, 2008 7:03 am

    that’s really a lovely sweater.

  10. February 12, 2008 10:37 am

    you make such flattering pieces! this is truly beautiful, and fits you so well. great yarn and the snaps are a great touch 🙂

  11. February 12, 2008 1:39 pm

    Beautiful! Despite the issues you mention, I think it’s really lovely, and the ribbon you chose to line the button (um, snap) bands with works wonderfully. I will definitely have to consider using snaps in the future!

  12. February 12, 2008 3:12 pm

    super SUPER cute. I love the whole idea! Gotta implement those purly snap somehow into my knitting. Hmmmm…

  13. February 13, 2008 10:49 am

    It’s fabulous! Love the fit and the snaps are a perfect fit.

  14. February 13, 2008 6:45 pm

    Very cute sweater! Now that I’ve gotten my winter sweater done I’m going to start something Springy like that! -Tricia

  15. Elinor permalink
    February 14, 2008 7:12 pm

    I’m so impressed that you took a hammer and snaps to your knitting. It looks wonderful – clearly, that was the best thing to do!!!


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