Friday, October 19

Cherie Amour

Noro Lotus, col. 156
Noro Lotus, col. 156

It all started when I saw Turtlegirls's Cherie Amour on her blog on Oct. 14. I had seen the pattern in the Fall 2007 Knitty, but didn't appreciate the details until I saw her photos. It was soooo pretty, soooo curvy, soooo perfect for my ensemble for our first ever visit to the Renaissance Faire in about a week's time. I shopped the stash for a bulky weight yarn which I don't have a ton of because we live in Hades (90 degrees today, people). I found a bag of Noro Lotus (Attention Yarncave shoppers, there's a bag of Noro in bin 3!) that I scored on eBay because I've always liked this yarn ever since I made the Chinese Charm Bag from Stitch 'n Bitch. It's got lots of preeeety stripey colors, metallic sparkle and knits up on size 13 needles like the way I drive---real fast...unless the kids are present.

It's 57% rayon, 23% nylon, 12% acrylic and 8% cashmere which seems like a total waste to me. I guess if you closed your eyes and thought real hard you'd feel that cashmere, but it's not exactly overwhelming you with it's 8% presence. Anyway, this high falutin' Japanese acrylic-san was perfect for the pattern and our less than frosty winters.

I downloaded the pattern, swatched and knitted like a big dog all week long. And I mean BIG dog.
FYI: Don't let the following notes put you off this pattern. The numbers all work out quite nicely. It's just that I have a habit of pimping my sweaters.
Cherie Amour w/ChuyCherie Amour, front detailYes, my arm is up (again) and I'm convinced that it looks thinner. Hey, let's raise both of them and see what happens!

Cherie Amour with Chuy Alterations:

I made a size medium, thinking that this yarn would have zero memory and relax with time. Plus it looked great on the T-Girl.
I made the bottom lace section shorter than the pattern calls for because the world doesn't need to see 31 rounds of lace traversing my beam at its broadest point.
I used a size 9 needle as called for the 2x2 ribbing but switched to a size 8 for the middle bit to cinch in the waist a bit more. Just call me the Sands of Time because I've got the hourglass, baby.
I read Turtlegirl's observations closely and she mentioned problems with the front decreases. Boy, was she right! I ended up making my own chart so I could get those decreases in line with the 6-stitch pattern repeat. And all of this headache over 20 friggin' stitches to start with. Remember, it's a 6-stitch repeat and stitch markers are your friends. You may end up working a few more decrease rows than shown on the chart. Ok, maybe that's a me thing and not a you thing.

TIP: I worked one row of knit followed by one row of purl on the back and the fronts before that 3-needle bind off for the shoulders--it gives more support for a bulky yarn.
Cherie Amour, back detail
Methinks it's mead time.

Sleeves: I cannot wear a bulky weight long sleeve in this climate plus I wanted something in character for RenFaire. I didn't want thick seams or the pain of joining a sleeve in the round, so I got creative. I picked up stitches around the armhole with a size 10 needle and worked about 7 inches in the 2x2 rib. I tried doing a couple of repeats of the bottom lace pattern, but my brain couldn't handle the lace and the Red Sox in game 5 at the same time. So, I opted for my alltime favorite lace cop-out; YO, K2tog followed by a purl row. I worked it back and forth so I'd have a split cuff and the Maid Mary, Mary thing going.
TIP: I don't like an unfinished edge on a neckline so I worked a row of single crochet around mine with a strand of Anny Blatt Victoria in burgundy to give it a flat edge and a nice finish. (DMC floss or a solid yarn will do, I just happen to have accrued tons of Victoria after 3 years living in France.)

I realize that you may think that all this lace is wasted on such a busy yarn. It's true that you can't see the detail like you would with a solid, but here the lace serves the dual purpose of air-conditioning as much as decoration.

Forty grams left and the Red Sox won!


Garngamen said...

You look absolutely fab in it, and so cleaverly altered. Very flattering. Great colours, great pattern, and you look so stunning.

Hilde C. said...

Oh, what a beautiful yarn, I've never seen that before. It looks great on you. The lenght seems perfeck for you, and I like the alterations you did with the arms :-)

HPNY Knits said...

Mary, its lovely, and you looks GREAT!

turtlegirl76 said...

I LOVE the alteration you made to the arms! That's the one part of the pattern that I'm disappointed about. That lace pattern is too stretchy for a huggy fit. Your solution is perfect! I may have to use that in a future sweater. Beautiful!

Trillian42 said...

Absolutely lovely! Your alterations are great, and it fits you beautifully!

Zonda said...

Love those arms too! Hehe..heck I loved reading your mods! ;)

So pretty and fits you quite well! :)

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Batty said...

Lovely! I think you just made me want to knit this...

Paula460 said...

WOW! WOW! & WOW! It turned gorgeous! I love the color and all the alterations you made!

lobstah said...

Ooh, I loved that pattern since it came out but I fear the bulky yarn! Your version is awesome, you will be the most fashionable "wench" at the fair!!

And, how bout them Sox?? World Series, here we come!

Ava said...

Love the yarn and the sweater looks great on you! (still warm in DC too, though not 90 degrees!)

Ceci said...

Hubba hubba, Maid Mary, Mary. :D I love it. And Chewey (Chuy?) is so big! I miss you. Hope maybe I'll see you soon.

Oh, by the way, look what I spied with my little eye:;_ylt=ArpmqN3sNHe7ZbfTI0HGjmvpy6IX?p=30074

Actually, I just spotted some lovely yarn porn, showed it to Ana, and SHE identified it as yours.

Criosa said...

wow, I love it! it looks great and the alterations turned out really well.

Annie said...

That turned out AWESOME! twirl to the fiddler and get drunk on mead, yee haw!

Theresa said...

Fabulous in every way!