Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bouton D'Blow Update

I have had SO many inquiries (not) as to the status of the Bouton D'Blow sweater, that I just had to give in and post about my progress.

As mentioned in my prior post, this is one of the most poorly-written instructions ever. As nice as the patterns are, I don't appreciate having to frog my work because the instructions suck. Also, I think the designer/yarn company should do the bloody math. Don't freaking tell me to decrease 39 stitches evenly across 253! Screw you, Bouton D'or!

All that aside, I'm pretty happy with this sweater thus far and proud of the fact that I was able to do it despite the crap instructions. It's very pretty and I can easily see Anthropologie asking $300 for it (or about 7 Euros at the current exchange rate)(or 3 barrels of oil).
Due to my freakishly long torso, I added another band of the lace pattern at the bottom of the sweater, hoping that it will hit somewhere below my ribcage. Hope springs eternal.

What's left? Trim around the whole damn thing and sewing the armholes and sleeves, and adding buttons. Fingers crossed that I'll have some cool vintage buttons among the many tins handed down from Mom and purchased on eBay. Once completed, I'll see if I can take a photo of me modeling this creation. I'll post it if I don't look like a manatee in it.

The pic below shows some stitch detail:


Christina said...

Carol, it's gorgeous! Seriously gorgeous! I think it will look fantastic on you too. I'm tempted to try it, but as I've not made many wearables, I'm hesitant.

It may have been a pain in the ass to do, but it was well worth your effort. It looks like it came from a boutique!

Subway Hooker said...

Thanks, Christina! Let me know when you want to dip your toe into wearables - I'll help you out as much as I can. There are some that are as simple as afghans, with minimal shaping. With your skills, you'll be wearing your own handiwork in no time!

Christina said...

Will do! I'm going to attempt the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl by DOris Chan soon, then I think I'll try a wearable for me. I've done a few for Piper but basically winged them. I have yet to follow a pattern for one. :)

Lara Croft said...

Welcome to European patterns! They never ever do the math, you have to do it all. Still, this is so gorgeous it was worth the ordeal! I'm in love with it. Where is the pattern from? I want one! I'm sure you'll wear it all the time!

Subway Hooker said...

Hi Lara, the pattern is available in 2 places: in the 2008 Crochet-Pattern-a-Day Calendar (one of the January patterns) and Bouton d'Or's pattern book #84. By now, the calendar should be pretty cheap, I should think, through Amazon.