Cambies & Cardi’s

It’s no secret that Meg, Michelle, and I have been hanging out and knitting.  As we do, we get time to chat about a lot of things – most popular topics of course is sewing and knitting.  As a result, we often find projects that we all want to make but just haven’t.  Enter the Cambie Dress.

TONS of gal seamstresses/bloggers have made the Cambie dress and love it.  I’ve seen so many lovely versions online, but I just never got around to sewing it up myself.  Michelle was in the same boat as me, she never made it either but wanted to.  Meg, on the other hand has made oodles of them and loves it.  It was only natural that Meg insisted we make it too and we could also make cardigans to go with – each of us picking our own cardigan pattern that we liked of course.  We set a deadline and off we went making up our respective Cambie dresses and cardigans to coordinate.

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Before I start chatting away about my Cambie dress… It’s come up recently that cliques are forming in the online sewing community.

I’d like to be the first one to say that the last thing I want to be is in a *clique* of any type.  I’m actually quite an introvert and get really quiet when I’m in a large group.  Growing up, I gravitated towards the non-mainstream group of folks, namely the punk, emo, and ska folks in high school.  We were just on the same wavelength and I could be myself.  This whole community of sewing peeps is wonderful and I am happy as a clam to write to you all & chat & geek out about sewing and knitting.  I can be me.

But, the more I hang out with the same group of people (in person) the more I am myself – and these two gals just make it easy to be me.  We have so many common interests that we enjoy each other’s company and do talk about work, bf’s and various other fun topics naturally.  But… we like other people too.  :D  So while there’s going to naturally be more group projects with these gals since we have similar likes & interests, I just don’t want to give the impression that we’re exclusive and cliquish in any way.  We’re just all happy to knit & sew together that it’s natural we blog about it.  Ya know?

Back to Cardies & Cambies:

Or should it be Cardis, Cardi’s? Hmmm…. whatever.

The idea came up a few months back that it would be fun to make Cambie dresses with coordinating cardigans.  We each picked out our own cardigan pattern and got to work.  I have really been wanting a open lace type cardigan, something that would be summer-appropriate when I wanted some coverage but not the warmth that comes from wool.

I found this perfect shade of purple that would coordinate perfectly with my Cambie dress fabric.  Let me tell you… It’s quite challenging to find fingering weight non-wool blends- in person at a brick & mortar shop.  I was totally lucky to score this perfect purple to coordinate – little did I know it was going to be one of my biggest knitting challenges to date.

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Pattern: Vintage Lace Cardigan, by (vintage) Vogue, 1950’s.  (Got the knitting issue off of Etsy in my hunt for the perfect lace cardigan.)  Still LOVE this pattern.

Yarn: Rowan Panama, Jacaranda colorway.

Size: With my crazy gauge, I used the stitch count for the XS fonts and S for the back bodice, sleeves drafted by yours truly.

I’ve come from a wool knit background (or wool blends of course), never knitting with 100% cotton or the like in garments.  I wanted to change that with this summer cardigan.  The makeup of my yarn was 55% rayon, 33% cotton and 12% linen.  So the bulk of the content is drapey rayon.  (Too bad I didn’t think about that fact before starting this cardigan).

I worked up the bodice of the cardigan as I would with any other knit project – I used my normal waist to armhole measurements & armhole to shoulder measurements and got knitting.  Well…. being drapey this thing grows!  I did not account for that at all – and had to frog my bodice & re-knit more than once since I’m not used to this with knits – at all.

The deadline was pushed back 2 weeks, just for me, so I could finish my cardigan.  I worked hard on finishing it, but found myself awake up until 4am the day before the new deadline, and still not finished.  :(  I went to bed at 4:20am, and during the car ride to the photo shoot I was frantically stitching down my facings and putting on my buttons.

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When I arrived at the photoshoot location, I had never even tried on my cardigan to see if it fully fit with the buttons and all.  Yes…. it was totally stressful and the cardigan you see took me like 2+ months of work.  (Leisure pace at the beginning, frantic at the end).  I’m just happy that it fits and looks decent.

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The one aspect I’m not happy about is the collar wierdness at the buttonhole (see first image of me with it buttoned up).  I’m hoping that some additional blocking will help that, otherwise I can restitch it down.  Again, due to my tricky yarn, the cardigan still is growing and my sleeve length is not where it was supposed to be.  But I do have to say, it’s such a perfect match for my cambie dress and I LOVE the style of it all.

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I’m quite tempted to actually make a second version of this cardigan but in a wool blend.  I bet it would behave much nicer and fit a bit better.

As for my Cambie dress…  It went together in a cinch and I spend 1 week working on it and was done.

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I guess it makes up for the craziness that was my cardigan.  heh

The fabric is really neat.  First, it actually came from Michelle who, in turn, got it at an estate sale and I snagged it at our last Chicago meetup/swap.  Secondly, if you look, the fabric looks like it’s on the bias as the plaid pattern is diagonal and not horizontal across my body.

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BUT… The fabric is 100% on grain and not on the bias – the plaid pattern is just printed so that it looks like it’s on the bias.  Neat, no?  There’s a ton of yardage that I still have at least 4 more yards of it to make something else  (I’m thinking of a fun blouse…)

I made just one muslin of the Cambie bodice, made a few minimal changes & got stitching.

I love how feminine the sweetheart neckline is, but I had to stitch down some twill tape to prevent gaping.  I still think mine gapes a tiny bit, but it lays flat against my skin when I’m upright.

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I’ll most likely take a bit more fabric out at the neckline for the next version – and YES there will be more.  I’d love to make one for the winter in some wool fabric.

I also increased the height of the center of the bodice by 5/8’s inch (wanted it modest so I could wear it to work), and tapered it to the original height at the outer edges of the straps so it matched the back bodice.

The inside finishing is really nice, but it takes soo much time, especially given I made the full-skirted version.  It’s a nice detail and I actually needed to either line or underline my plaid fabric as it is a sheer cotton.  I used a basic white cotton batiste for the lining for the most breathable summer dress possible.

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I’m not a fan of invisible zips, so I went and changed things up so I could put in a center back lapped zipper.  As soon as I learnt just how to put these in, I rarely sew in any other kind.  (Sorry forgot to snag a pic of my zipper.)

I did a narrow hem on the exterior of the skirt.  But what I did very different was to hem the lining with 1″ horsehair braid to give the dress even more fluff at the bottom without wearing a crinoline.  I fully encased my horsehair braid as there’s nothing worse than having the braid cut-edge scratching at you when you’re sitting down or walking.

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I think my favorite pictures of my dress are in the group shots.  Since I’ve chatted enough, I’m just going to dump in my favorites so you can browse through.  (Full set of photos are on my flickr page).

Group Photos & Silliness:

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Roller- coaster image once again; it’s always a great idea.  Being in front, I’m always gripping on for dear life.  LOL

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I love this photo (below), looks like Meg and I have a secret from Michelle.  heh


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Meg’s Cambie-Cardie Combo:

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I looove Meg’s cardigan so much.  I tried it on several times.  It’s such a great layering cardigan and was soo thick and toasty warm with the yarn that she choose.  It’s just wonderful & a great knit.  Turned out flawless, too.  Meg has become such a great knitter.

I’ve lost count on how many Cambie dresses Meg has made, but this is her newest one and it just screams *Autumn*, especially paired with her cardigan.  It’s a great transition dress – just perfect for October & November here in Chicago.

Michelle’s Cambie-Cardie Combo:

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I love that my favorite pics of both Meg & Michelle are in the same exact pose.  heh

I just love the fabric Michelle used for her Cambie.  It’s a lighter weight wool (or wool blend), and it’s looks so chic and tailored.  I mean seriously, we ate breakfast beforehand and there’s not a crease in sight on her dress!  It fits her so well and the pocket, waistband combo just looks so clean.

I was really admiring the stitch pattern on her cardigan too.  While that style isn’t something I’d wear, it looks great on her – The color and stitch pattern I can totally get on board with.  :)


One thing that always surprises me is no matter how many times we make the same project, they always turn out so very different from one another.  Michelle was saying to me, that she thought it amazing that I turned such a modern dress into something very vintage looking.  *yay* It’s such a great compliment to hear since well… I’m all about the 40’s and 50’s.  I do think the 50’s cardigan does help some though… not to mention using vintage fabric.

What’s up next??

There’s been talk of trousers, the Bruyere top, Archer,  as well as cabled knit sweaters & socks.  All of these are on my fall planning list which is perfect.  I’m really not sure what’s coming next but something is, you can bet on it.  :D

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Comments (52)

  1. Llynnda October 1, 2014 — 8:05 AM

    Love the dress, love the cardi, love the fabric , love the colour and most of all…. Love all the photos. Clique, never thought of it.

  2. Tammy October 1, 2014 — 8:14 AM

    It is so cool how that dress looks beautiful on all 3 of you and you all have different body types. Your version is really lovely. I find it hard to believe that you struggled with the lace cardigan, it looks perfect. The color was made for that fabric.

  3. Marina October 1, 2014 — 8:39 AM

    Do you know what pattern Meg used for her cardigan? It looks so snuggly and delightful! (Yours looks great, too — just wayyyy beyond my skills at the moment!)

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:25 AM

      She made the Burdock Cardigan from November Knits. It’s lovely isn’t it?! I want one now…

  4. joelle October 1, 2014 — 9:04 AM

    i always love reading you :) and i just want to mention that i do not feel at all that you and your two other chicago grils are being clickey at all! it’s been really nice seeing your friendship grow out of these common interests. and although i am a bit envious of such a beautiful friendship i don’t mind reading about it, as you girls always do it in a way that is relevant to your blogs and really interesting to read about. that is not always the case in other constellations of people, sadly, and i think that it is why is sometimes comes out as clickey. all rigt, that was my two cents ;)

    i’m sorry to hear that knitting this cardi was not only joy. at least the result is lovely! i agree that it would aslo look great in a “woolyer” yarn. the cambie is also especially flattering on you!

  5. Kerry October 1, 2014 — 9:11 AM

    What a lovely outfit, it really suits you. The cardigan looks great and it was a good idea to use a non wool yarn for a change too. Sorry to hear it was such a pain to knit though :-/

    It’s lovely to have sewing friends, I don’t think anyone would begrudge you that x

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:40 AM

      Thanks Kerry. It was the perfect yarn for this type of summer lace cardigan. I’m actually debating going back and reknitting the sleeves since I wasn’t keen on those either. The lace pattern got all wacked out when I was doing my sleeve cap decreases.

  6. Lauren October 1, 2014 — 9:25 AM

    Cute! All three of yall did such good jobs in your dresses and cardigans! I love when you share your group projects bc it’s really cool to see how you take the same pattern and make it look so different (plus, I like seeing what you ladies are up to! Miss you all!!).

    Are people seriously complaining about cliques? Is there something wrong with having a deeper friendship bond with someone? Ugh that’s so lame! I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but having a few close sewing friends does not mean I exclude everyone else, you know? I don’t see how it’s any different than having a non-sewing/blog BFF. Some people just “click” with you, you know? There is nothing wrong with that!

    1. Liz October 1, 2014 — 9:47 AM

      Thanks so much Lauren. :D Miss you too!

      Well… no one’s complained to me or on my site – this is a preventative measure, really. It’s just come up elsewhere and with so many posts with these awesome gals, I just don’t want to give the impression that we’re 3 gals who have to do everything together and are exclusive, ya know.

      I’m so happy with how colorful my Cambie is. Sadly… I won’t get much more use out of it this year as the weather is quickly turning cold. Will just have to make another I guess. heh

  7. Evie October 1, 2014 — 9:59 AM

    You all are so fun! Proximity, I think, is all that’s at work here. I’ve never felt you all came off as cliquish whatsoever. In fact, it’s vicarious fun for me to see what you all make together. I would LOVE to have some local friends to knit/sew and hang out with.

  8. Did you knit your button band separately and then seam it together to the center front? If that’s the case you probably want to add a little more tension to the band when you seam it together – I was taught to do that and it really helps avoid any waviness.
    Great looks! And what fun to have such good friends.
    And the “cliquey” kerfuffle is so silly. The biggest blessing of the online sewing community has been meeting “real-life” friends. I suppose my group of RL friends is a “clique” in that we spend a lot of time chatting in a private FB group, or meeting in RL. But is that really a bad thing? I feel like the bad feeling is coming off of some bloggers becoming bigger or better known as the sewing community develops. Which is really just jealousy! I have a love/hate relationship with GOMI, which seems to be where these sentiments brew.

    1. Liz October 1, 2014 — 10:53 AM

      THere were so many facings on this cardigan. :) The buttonband was stitched then sewn down, the collar was picking up stitches and then sewing the facing down.

      I don’t think my button band was pulled very taught – plus I was doing this part at like 3am the night before. heh I’ll unpick it and redo it since I’d really like this spot to lay down flat and not bend over like it’s doing.

      Thanks so much for that tip Caroline.

      GOMI? What’s that?

      1. GOMI is – it’s kind of a snarky forum site about bloggers of all stripes. It’s interesting, and fun to read, though occasionally it gets kind of nasty towards certain bloggers.

        1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:38 AM

          Huh. I lost some time on GOMI. Chuckled a bit at some of the posts but then I really drained reading so much negativity. Had no idea this existed. Totally get your love/hate relationship with it.

  9. I think it’s amazing that you have a sewing group! I’m so envious, I think I need to find some people around my area.

    I love all the cambies, I love how they’re all so different. I’ve been wanting to make one similar to Michelle because that was what made me buy the Cambie pattern, I think I should make one soon!

    I love yours. I have several plaids that I don’t know what to do with. I think this is a great idea!

    1. Liz October 1, 2014 — 12:43 PM

      Thanks so much Kathy. Michelle’s Cambie turned out really nice and tailored. I’m looking to make that A-line version next for winter I think.

  10. maddie October 1, 2014 — 12:14 PM

    Love seeing you three together!

  11. Begum October 1, 2014 — 12:25 PM

    What a lovely lavender combination! I envy your wonderful sewing/knitting group, all your cardies and cambies reflect your styles separately. Congratz. I follow your blog for sometime and read all your posts, I’ve learnt a lot from you, thank you!

  12. Becky October 1, 2014 — 12:26 PM

    I’ve never thought of you three ladies as cliquish–if anything, I’m just jealous that you have local friends who sew! Mine are all on the internet.

    It really is hard to find ANY non-wool yarns that aren’t acrylic. Especially the thinner stuff. I really do wish there were more options for those, since I can’t even touch a wool blend without my skin instantly reacting. But I do think your sweater is lovely, and it looks great with your Cambie!

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:35 AM

      I feel for you Becky. That would be really hard if I couldn’t work with wool. Can you do alpaca or other animal fibers?

  13. I love the friendship between the three of you! You all look so happy in the photos. You’re inspiring me to make another Cambie dress.

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:34 AM

      Thanks so much Karen. These gals are the best. I like them more and more with every time we hang out.

  14. Wow, all of these outfits look gorgeous – as usual. I have to admit that I am partial to your Cambi though, that plaid fabric is beautiful! I also love how you did the full skirted option. It’s amazing that you finished your sweater – knitting with yarn that is not wool or mostly wool certainly is different isn’t it? My Briar Rose sweater from Tasha’s knit along is a cotton soy blend – it turned out larger than I wanted and it is heavy!

    I love that you Meg and Michelle get to do matchy-matchy projects. You can bet that if there was anyone within a two hour drive of me who was willing to do the same, I would so be on board! I think it shows that this on-line sewing community is able to bring people together who otherwise may not have ever known each other. Never be sorry for friendships that build you up :)

    1. Liz October 1, 2014 — 1:23 PM

      Yes! My cardigan is so heavy, I wasn’t expecting that at all. I’m assuming it’s from the rayon content.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Annabelle. :) Very sweet of you – as always.

  15. Amanda October 1, 2014 — 1:12 PM

    I’m also an introvert who can be quiet in big groups, and I never really feel like my true self comes out at meet-ups (which is frustrating but I don’t give up!), so I think it’s great that you’ve found a group of ladies you can feel yourself around! I think blogging can be tricky because we put ourselves out there to potentially be criticized, so I can see why you wanted to write that. I think your poses, outfits, and adventures are so fun to follow!

    Anyway, like you said, it’s also so cool to see how one pattern can turn out so differently. It makes for a really neat compare/contrast. Love all these Cambies and you’re making me think I should make a winter version! All the cardis look great too. Can’t wait to have more in my arsenal to get me through the cold. :-D

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:32 AM

      I’m so looking forward to meeting you in person all the more this coming weekend! I’m soo excited to be shopping in your city. EEeeeeee

      I maaaay even be wearing my new Cambie/cardigan if your warm weather holds up.

  16. Bonnie Brannon October 1, 2014 — 2:21 PM

    Completely COMPLETELY Adorable!! What precious young ladies you are! (I assume that the FAB photos represent Felix’s genius :)

    1. Liz October 1, 2014 — 2:44 PM

      Yep – Quite correct. Although Felix has since lost his camera so he’s using a really old camera (7+ years old) one plus his iphone for all of these. Not too shabby right?? Although his cannon (since lost) would have been far nicer/crisper.

  17. Tasia October 1, 2014 — 2:37 PM

    LOVE these!! How awesome to see a trio of Cambies and sweet cardigans, yay! That diagonally-printed plaid is very cool. You guys look fantastic!

    1. Liz October 1, 2014 — 2:45 PM

      Thanks Tasia! We had fun making & modeling these this past weekend.

  18. The three of you are so adorable! I never would accuse you gals of being cliquey; I think it’s so awesome that the three of you live near each other and have the same interests! I love reading about your group projects so keep them coming ;)

    I really like the effect of the plaid printed on the bias. I’m going to start looking out for something like that because I really like it!

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:30 AM

      Thanks so much.

      I really didn’t think we were being cliquey either… But I do worry sometimes about people taking things the wrong way. So happy to read no one else had that thought either though. :)

  19. These are so cute! I have the cambie in my pattern stash, waiting for the perfect fabric :) Your bias plaid is amazing! I just love the different styles – each outfit goes with their sewist perfectly!

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:29 AM

      Thanks Sally. It’s so hard to believe you haven’t made the Cambie yet either. I’d think this would be a perfect pattern for you, too. :)

  20. erin October 1, 2014 — 7:46 PM

    You girls look like you had a lot of fun making everything and shooting this :) All the lovely clothes!!!
    I really like the idea of knitting a cardi to go with a dress that I have sewn. I should plan my next sweater to go with my dresses :) thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:28 AM

      I think that’s what probably prompted this sewing ‘challenge’.

      I always make dresses/tops without thought to what cardigans I have on hand to layer them with. With my bold plaid – I knew I’d never have a cardigan match in my wardrobe so I haad to make one if I was using this fabric. Glad we did this pairing even if my yarn was a beast to work with.

  21. I have loved your blog for ages, but don’t comment often (because it is so hard on my phone, and if I commented all the time I’d never get any reading done!) but I would like to say that I don’t think there should be any need for you to apologise for what looks like a fabulous, genuine, and dear friendship with 2 wonderful women. We all have friends, and we meet them in a variety of ways, and just because you happened to meet these two through an online community doesn’t meet that the three of you owe anyone in that community anything! In on of your replies above you said that you didn’t want to give the illusion that “you were exclusive” to which I say, so what if you are! You don’t know me, you don’t owe me anything, especially to justify how you spend your time, who you hang out with, or what you make with them! Treasure this wonderful friendship, because real, solid friendships are precious, and regardless of how we make them, they are once keeping once we get them.

    IMHO :)

    Your dress and cardi are gorgeous as well, and look lovely on you. Good luck with the sewing, the knitting, the house, the buns, and looking forward to seeing more of your own projects – and more of your friendship makes too!

    1. Liz October 2, 2014 — 9:50 AM

      Thanks so much for your honest & great comment. I totally hear you.

      I’m in no way apologizing for hanging out with these gals since how could I – they’re great and I love doing so. They’ve become more than blogger buddies but friends.

      I think the sewing blogger community is undergoing some shifts and changes as more and more folks we know are becoming ‘mainstream popular’ or launching their own businesses. As I would in person, I endeavor to be sensitive of other people. I wouldn’t want my actions to fuel resentment or jealousy and I’m happy to put these thoughts out there because this is just who I am. Ya know??

      I’m not asking for anyone’s forgiveness. But merely continuing the conversation about cliques that are out there, in a way.

      And again, thank you for leaving me a comment after reading me for so long. :) I was happy to read your thoughts on the matter and be sure to comment more. I actually try to “follow” the people who in turn come to my site so now I can add you to my reader. :) Cheers & happy sewing.

  22. I love meeting new people through sewing and knitting too! Many of my best friendships as an adult have come from sharing a common interest in fiber and fabric. I hope people don’t consider us to be cliquey, but I suppose that isn’t something we get to determine. I think there is a beautiful online sewing community that is simultaneously a part of and excluded from my IRL life. There’s no pleasing everyone, unfortunately. I try to do things that keep me feeling good about me and let other people carry responsibility for their own baggage. If somebody’s passing judgment, it probably says more about them, than anything else.

    ANYWAY, you and Meg inspire me! This collaboration is my favorite to date! I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to sew Cambies! I am already day dreaming about a LBD Cambie with a bold lining. It’s going to happen really soon.

  23. Bex October 3, 2014 — 9:33 PM

    I can’t believe you guys made dresses AND cardigans to match – bravo!

  24. Siri October 4, 2014 — 4:20 AM

    EEEK!! I love that Cambie-dress!! The fabric is ACE!

  25. Kate-Em October 4, 2014 — 5:02 PM

    I really like this cardigan and dress combination. The cardi is a lovely lace pattern and the colour matches the dress fabric perfectly.

  26. Liz October 8, 2014 — 3:05 PM

    Thanks Bex, Siri, and Kate-Em. :) I do really love the new color combo I’m sporting. It’s such a change for me, but I love it.

  27. Catherine November 17, 2014 — 7:45 PM

    Just darling, really beautiful. Love the clever horsehair encasement.

  28. Catherine Conrad June 21, 2016 — 6:29 AM

    Do you recall where you purchased your copy of the lace cardigan pattern? I can’t find an issue of Vogue Knitting, Spring and Summer 1957 with the cover pattern you used on page 76. I am not sure where to look. I’d be grateful if you could give me a suggestion.
    I love your blog.

    1. Liz June 21, 2016 — 10:26 AM

      Hey there Catherine! I have three links for you – but in a word, ETSY. :D

      Whole magazine for sale at $28 or Mag as a pdf for $10, or the one pattern at $3.

      I should add, in no way do I know any of these sellers. I just did a quick search on Etsy for you. And it may be available on Ebay as well or some other site.


      1. Catherine Conrad June 21, 2016 — 8:05 PM

        Wow! Thanks for that! Cheers.

  29. Catherine Conrad June 28, 2016 — 4:41 PM

    This is really an idiot question, but I sat down to order the linen yarn for this sweater and for the life of me cannot figure out HOW MUCH I am supposed to buy! I feel so stupid. You actually made the size small, right? Do you recall how much fingering yarn you purchased for it? I am sorry to bother you with this. Thanks for your time.

    1. Liz June 29, 2016 — 10:45 AM

      Oh dear…. I have no idea how much I bought. I can tell you that I over-purchased on yarn… I generally follow the pattern guidelines on how much to purchase. (I’m not at home currently and don’t have the pattern in front of me.) What is the yardage requirement on your copy?

      1. Catherine Conrad July 4, 2016 — 2:10 AM

        All the pattern does say is: “Baby Yarn, 3-ply, 6-7 skeins”. No weigh mentioned; I’m not even sure what they mean by “baby yarn” – light fingering, perhaps?
        (Sorry I was so long answering. I’ve been out of town, too.)

      2. Catherine Conrad July 4, 2016 — 2:34 AM

        Actually, I looked at the pattern again and it does give a weigh: 1 oz. skeins of the 3-ply “baby yarn” to be worked on No.0, No.2, and No.4 needles.

        Sorry to be a bother.

        1. Liz July 5, 2016 — 2:43 PM

          No bother! I oftentimes don’t know how many yards/meters equals an ‘ounce of 3-ply’ so I oftentimes google the vintage yarn brand or search for it on Ravelry. Many times I can find it to then know how many yards to purchase of a similar (modern) yarn.

          The needle size is also a good indication of the weight of yarn that must be used. If it’s modern needle sizing a US 2 or US 3 will be a fingering weight yarn or perhaps a sport. Check out the gauge as well… its another indication on yarn weight.

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