FFO: BETTNA cardigan

Finally Finished!

I had a hard time with this yarn!

It tweeds heavily, but the prevailing overall color, after all the colors tweed together, is an olivey mud.

So I experimented with the yarn colors…and got a nice appearance by using 5 separated skeins across the BACK rows…and 3 sep skeins for the FRONTS and SLEEVES.

This is the FRONT of “Bettna”:

This is the BACK:

This is the book, with the model BETTNA on the cover.

Used 11 skeins of CRYSTAL PALACE “TAOS” in colorway #15
"Chaco Canyon" (1408 yds)

Well, I’m gonna wear it tonight…with a khaki skirt and a leaf green top. This Chaco Canyon should be very versatile for wardrobe change-ups.

Artlady, What a lovely sweater! :yay:

That is just gorgeous, great job.

:passedout: You are the sweater queen! It’s beautiful!

I wish I lived closer so I could take lessons! Do you have a dresser or closet just for handknit sweaters? :teehee:

I have a 10x9 “room” for my handknits! The width of the closet has 3 floor to ceiling hanging sweater shelves, open in the front: they house my most frequently worn sweaters…and sweater ‘dressers’ (with clear drawer fronts) line the walls, along with a large table filled with my knitting library of books. A chair with an attached side table sits in the middle of the room. I use it when I’m mulching about in my books and pattern binders, hunting for inspiration!

Does this mean I’m a knitter yet? :eyes:

I had to chuckle at a comment I heard SASHA KAGAN make! I met her on an Alaskan Knitter’s Cruise back in 2004. She was one of our designers giving 20 hours of lessons featuring her colorwork techniques. She said her living/sitting/knitting/designing room is filled with balls and balls of yarn everywhere. She sits amidst hundreds of yarn balls, knitting and designing! I could so totally viusalize that!

I am far far far from even remotely being a knitter like Sasha Kagan and Elsebeth Lavold! But I totally enjoy knitting away at whatever strikes me!

Your car coat turned out really wonderfully, ArtLady. With little change such interesting surprises occur. Thanks for posting the finished pictures.

Oh wow! Another lovely sweater!

You have such a gift for matching the perfect yarn with the right pattern (not to mention how well you execute it).

Wonderful job!

Oh, and I’d love to see pictures of the fabulous closet you described. :wink:

Wow - that is gorgeous! You are indeed a wonderfully talented knitter :-).

This is beautiful! I would love to do one for myself.:slight_smile:

WOW! Love your colorway and also that of the original (more my colors). Interesting how you opted to work the separate ‘panels’ in your version. The style/striping of the orig reminds me somewhat of my ‘Gawdy cardi’ which I wear much more than I ever thought I would. These types of designs are so comfy and versatile. As I’m sure yours will be as well!


Awesome sweater/cardi…

and… I have to say that I have yarn just like that (different brand- since, I bought it overseas) that I’m making my log cabin afghan out of… each section did a gradual color change… (it’s on hold-- because of the hand injury that I have had for a few months-- but, I’ve started knitting now and will work on it as soon as I get a couple of mittens/hats finished for the Head Start project)

Looks terrific! :inlove:

Oh, it’s wonderful! Working from separate balls of yarn was the way to go on this one. Lovely work! Gorgeous colorway, too.

That looks fantastic. Great job as always.

Hey, that turned out neat and definitely doesn’t look exactly like the other one in your wardrobe. You really gave this sweater a new look with your muliple skeining technique. I’ll bet the colors look way better in person. I wish good color pictures weren’t so hard to come by. Good job, again.

:inlove: very pretty!

As always , Your work is amazing . I love the colours in that yarn . It is a stunning piece Artlady :slight_smile:

Really beautiful! I love what you did with the color. I never would have thought of that. And, it matches your honda. :teehee:


I am far far far from even remotely being a knitter like Sasha Kagan and Elsebeth Lavold! But I totally enjoy knitting away at whatever strikes me!

Oh, not so! You are one talented, prolific knitter. If you sold what you made, I’d commission a sweater from you today. Your work is beautiful!


i’m always so impressed with what you knit! I truly admire your talent…can you do an “artlady camp” for those us uhm, knitting challenged?

(but seriously, thank you for all of your inspriration you provide here–i love looking at your stuff!)