Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Silver Belle

I finally finished! All I need is some fabulous buttons. This was really interesting to knit, it went together in three pieces. The bottom panel and the two sleeves came up to make the front and back. The seaming is practically invisible. I think I started this in September, it took me a long time but I have been very busy. At least I will have some time to wear it before it gets warm. At the rate we are going we may not see summer until August.

This pattern is free on the Vogue Knitting website. When I knit my swatch, I found I had to go down two needle sizes from an 8 to a 6 to get gauge. So I decided I would cast on the bottom for size small but knit it with size 8 needles and then switch to the size 6 needles and knit the top half in size medium. This saved me casting on about 50 stitches. I knit the sleeves 3/4 of the way with size 6 needles and then switched to size 7 for the shoulder and bodice. I knit this in Knitpicks Andean silk (alpaca, silk and merino) in the color slate. I used 18 skeins.

I think I might have made my Grammie proud with this one.


  1. Stunning! I think it would make the grammie (and great grammie too!) more than proud ! Congratualtions!

  2. That's a gorgeous sweater. Congrats on getting it done with a bit of winter left in the air. :-)

  3. Gorgeous! That's enough to make a person crave cold weather. Seriously, it makes me think about making glass buttons...

  4. Oh, some glass buttons would look great, hint, hint :)

  5. Judy!! That is magnificent! I can't wait to see it on you.

  6. Grammie yes, but I'm proud! I haven't even been able to make a dishcloth yet.

  7. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Judy! The sweater is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous.

    I searched for you via google because you are an alum of Otis College and we've lost touch with you and Juan. Please drop me an email at and let us know what you're up to these days. We have a web based newsletter that we send all alums and would like to be able to send it to you too, as well as news about the upcoming all class reunion.

    My best,
    Mara Thompson, Alumni Relations Coordinator

  8. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Beautiful! Your sweater would make anybody proud. Congratulations on a fabulous Silver Belle.

  9. How many buttons and what size??

  10. Oh man, Vic, are you totally serious? too cool, one inch across would be awesome.

  11. I'm having fun playing with the glass buttons. I've made a bunch of different styles, trying out ideas. I need to buy gray glass -- there's an obvious gap in my stash. I've tried black and silver, a nice silver plum and some violet dichro over black today, but it may be too much for the Silver Belle.


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