Monday, April 16, 2012

Sapote cotton cardigan

Oh g'day peeps!  May I present to you my latest completed knitting project...
This is another version of the Jo Sharp Fitted Cardigan.  I have knitted this pattern before, my first version is here.  I really loved that knitted lace on the lower edge of the design, and I decided to make this newest version with the edging on the sleeves as well.  This took just one extra ball of yarn over the amount stipulated in the pattern, a small extra cost I was happy to pay considering I was buying during a 30% off sale.  Yeeeeah! 
Great colour, huh?  This colour is called Sapote, and is named after the fruit which comes in several colour varieties.  The black sapote when ripe is a beautifully deep and rich purple-y brown colour, and has paler, caramel-brown woody-textured seeds... which inspired my choice of buttons for my new cardigan.  Whaddya think?
I have to confess; I finished knitting this cardigan a few months ago, and for ages have been searching and searching for just the right buttons.  I was hunting for deep chocolate-y purple buttons, something the exact same shade as the yarn... and failing.  But eventually and fortuitously I checked out a photograph of the sapote fruit, and noticed the colour and texture of those seeds, and how perfectly natural they looked nestled in the flesh of the sapote fruit, and realised that buttons of this colour and texture were what I should be searching for... and then I found them straight away!  It was meant to be. 


Details:
Cardigan; Jo Sharp's Knitted Cardigan with the addition of knitted lace edging on the sleeve hems, using Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton in Sapote (col 216)
Shirt (under); my own design, made from a pair of old white linen trousers, details here
Shorts; Burda 7723, white linen, details here
Thongs; Mountain Design

27 comments:

  1. Its just lovely and the lace on the sleeves excellent idea. Love the color!

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  2. Yummmmm! I love the colour of your sweater! And you're right - the buttons are perfect. Amazing where we get our ideas and inspiration!

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  3. I love the whole outfit, you did an amazing job with the cardigan and the colour is awesome on you :-) xx

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  4. Another gorgeous cardigan! I am so impressed with your knitting. An awesome seamstress and an accomplished knitter! You're right, the buttons are a harmonious contrast and look just right with the wool colour. I think I like them better than I would buttons matching the wool.

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  5. I wish I were walking with you. What a gorgeous day, and your sweater is perfect for a light coverup.

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  6. Beautiful, Carolyn! You must be a fast knitter. And I just love the red in those rocks!

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  7. By the way, is the Sapote fruit good? I want to try it! And, I agree, those seeds are stunning in that fruit, so it was a good inspiration. I also find myself wanting those seeds to make jewelry with. ;)

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  8. A thoroughly delicious cardigan. And I am now on the lookout for sapote fruit. Don't know that I will find it in the UK but I will look!

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  9. I love your knitted projects. I like the shaping in this sweater and the lace gives it a nice touch. And it seems classic enough to wear with so many things, but elegant enough to elevate an outfit. I'm jealous of your knitting skills (and productivity!)

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  10. Wonderful, love the nautical colour. Cheers, Jean

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  11. I love this cardigan, the colour is gorgeous!

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  12. My youngest sons teacher says you should learn something new ever day. My something new today is "Sapote", I have never heard of it....and we get a lot of fruit here both local and imported! I agree the buttons are perfect.

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  13. Ooh, gorgeous cardi, adding the lace to the sleeves makes it even more admirable. I love the colour of the yarn.

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  14. What does a sapote taste like? It looks almost like chocolate.

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  15. Oh no you are not going to make me start knitting cardigans. I only knit simple things, and badly at that. Lovely cardi.

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  16. That is absolutely gorgeous! I don't know how you are able to produce so many professional looking garments. I look forward to checking your blog every day.

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  17. Great choice of buttons. Lovely cardi.

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  18. What a nice cardi, love both the colour and the buttons - have never seen the sapote fruit before, it looks fantastic though

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  19. Really lovely! All of my favourite features in a cardigan - fitting, lace, chocolate color.

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  20. That is a gorgeous color! It can be so difficult to find the right buttons for a project sometimes. Those look fantastic paired with that cardigan - glad you found them!

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  21. This sweater is just my style as well. Itching to knit something of late myself and this provides some additional inspiration. Sweet:)

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  22. So pretty, Carolyn. I love Jo Sharp... now I have to go look through my JS pattern books!
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  23. You can't go wrong with colors from nature. These look so unedible to non-australian eyes, but they're indeed perfect together. Good job matching the dog to the rocks too :-).

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  24. I've never heard of sapote, but I agree that the pairing of those buttons with that sweater was destiny. Am I right in thinking that this second cardi is slightly shorter than the white one? I'm almost tempted to have a go at this pattern...

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  25. Lovely cardi, the lace edging is very pretty! :) And there's darts, how cool!

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  26. Just beautiful, and such a refreshing combination with the white linen.

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