Tuesday, October 02, 2007

FO: Fantine!

Even a drip of water will eventually wear away rock if applied frequently enough, and thus it is with knitting. A few rows here and there mean I am finally able to say, "Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Mademoiselle Fantine!"

French Girl Knits: Fantine

Pattern: French Girl Knits "Fantine"
Yarn used: Nearly 4 skeins of Rowan Polar at 109 yards per skein
Needles: 11US
Start: August 27, 2007
End: October 1, 2007

You may know that my version differs from the pattern somewhat. As previously indicated, the texture of the yoke was the result of a mistake I made - one that stems from the vagueness of the 3/4 Mandarin Collar version of the pattern where it states "work until last 5 stitches". The row starts row with a left cross, purl, left cross, so I assumed that "work until last" meant work in established pattern, i.e. left crosses. So I did.

Fantine: front yoke detail
When I discovered that the pattern as written made no sense to me, I changed the yoke texture to a combination of left and right crosses aligned with the center back, then switched to stockinette stitch except for the front bands, as per pattern.

Fantine: back yoke detail

Other modifications

Yarn substitution
Instead of Rowan Big Wool (2 stitches per inch) and 17US needles, I used discontinued Rowan Polar, stashed from a sale last year. Polar clocks in at 3 stitches per inch, with size 11US the suggested needles. A little math to make the same size sweater meant I needed to add 20 stitches to my cast-on count.

The pattern schematic shows the neck to border cast-off measurement of 13.5". A friend who'd already made Fantine warned me that this cropped finished length tends to ride up in the back which, given my size, is just not an attractive look. I made the executive decision to add 5.5" to the total length. To keep things in scale, I also lengthened the 3/4 sleeves somewhat to meet the bottom edge of the garment.

The verdict

I would definitely do this again with my modifications. I'll likely stick with smaller gauge yarn and needles, too, instead of the super-bulky Big Wool. The resulting garment doesn't feel quite so chunky and drapes a bit nicer, as well. This one's a keeper!



Blogger Chris said...

Karen -
Mme. Fantine is beautiful! You did a wonderful job - your stitchwork is so lovely! It will be wonderful on you!

10/02/2007 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

BEAUTIFUL! I am jealous. One day I'll figure out how to make something other than a blanket or scarf.

10/02/2007 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

J'aime La Fontine!!!!

10/02/2007 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

The stitching on the back looks awesome!!
I am a sucker for the color blue. This is a sweater that I wouldn't mind having in my wardrobe.

10/02/2007 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous KarenJoSeattle said...

Huzzah! Hurrah! Slow and steady definitely results in a lovely finish here. Wear it with the special pride of overcoming limits.

10/02/2007 03:15:00 PM  
Blogger bellamoden said...

Fantine is gorgeous! Love the gauge, the mods, the color! Yum. Go you!

10/02/2007 03:18:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Fantine is truly lovely. I love your version much more then the original.

10/02/2007 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Your Fantine turned out great. I did Fifi from French Girl, and didn't find the pattern all that easy, either, but the finished results were nice. I would make more of their things.

10/02/2007 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...


10/02/2007 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Fabulous, Karen! Your mods are perfect too. Congratulations on getting it finished through the pain!

10/02/2007 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

I am so impressed that you finished this with your shoulder!!!
I love everything about this sweater! the stitch around the body....especially the detail around the upper back..the cool buttons, and the color....one of my favorite colors!

10/02/2007 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

That is really lovely. I like how Fantine turned out. Beautiful.

10/02/2007 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Pretty! The mods really work!

10/02/2007 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Knit Mongrel said...

Stunning - you always inspire me. Hope you're feeling ok!

10/03/2007 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Agnes said...

Oh ... it is sooo lovely! I love the colour.

10/03/2007 02:00:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

really, really pretty...

10/03/2007 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

ohhh, very cute! What a nice little sweater for between seasons. I wonder if the Lion Brand Kool Wool would work with this pattern? Not as many colors available, but it can be found at a good price places.

10/03/2007 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Just beautiful! I love your reinterpretation of the yoke pattern.

10/03/2007 02:34:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It's so gorgeous!

10/03/2007 09:45:00 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Fabulous! I like both sides, altogether gorgeous!

10/04/2007 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger mc78 said...

I still think it should be called Fantina so it can rhyme with cantina, but I've been loving this sweater since I first saw it. Can't wait to see it out and about.

10/04/2007 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

what a lovey job. how very nice!!!!! i have yarn to make two anthropologie cardigans, but i may change to this pattern.

10/06/2007 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Just lovely!

10/07/2007 12:32:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Very nice! The color is luscious.

10/08/2007 08:46:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Your Fantine came out great! I love her. Congrats on the quick finish. :-)

10/09/2007 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

It looks wonderful!

10/13/2007 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger Wendee said...

Bravo! It looks great! The color is perfect for this pattern.

10/13/2007 09:42:00 PM  

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