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The Collar Project: Knit Chick(adee)

Chickadee Blouse & SkirtErinComment
Clever Charlotte's The Collar Project
Clever Charlotte's The Collar Project

We're truly mixing it up with today's Collar Project. An, of StraightGrain, gives us a taste of her European styling with the Chickadee Blouse!  She's sewing knitting, if you can get your mind around that one, piped with my all time favorite Liberty print (Mitsi).  

Unlike the Peridot Blouse, the collar on the Chickadee is sewn into the neckline, but as An shows us, don't let that stop you from playing around with the design and materials of the collar.

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StraightGrain Knitted Collar1
StraightGrain Knitted Collar1

Hello everyone! I’m An from StraightGrain, and I’m honored to guest post here at Clever Charlotte. When Erin invited me to her Collar Project, I took the opportunity to finally make something which had been on my wishlist for a long time: the Chickadee Blouse. I decided to remix this gorgeous assymetrical blouse by using a hand-knitted piece for the collar.

StraightGrain Knitted Collar2
StraightGrain Knitted Collar2

My original plan was to knit a piece especially for this project, but some very busy weeks at work forced me to use a knitted piece from an unfinished project which had been lying around for over a year.

Here is how I made the collar. First, I cut the upper collar pieces out of interfacing, and ironed them on the wrong side of the knitted piece. Next, I cut out the pieces, stitched them together, and stitched the piping on the edge. Then I just followed the regular instructions for assembling the blouse.

StraightGrain Knitted Collar3
StraightGrain Knitted Collar3
StraightGrain Knitted Collar4
StraightGrain Knitted Collar4

I made the blouse in a taupe linen, and for the collar I used a light blue/greyish 100% cotton thread (Phildar). The Liberty of London piping is from La Droguerie (bought here).

StraightGrain Knitted Collar5
StraightGrain Knitted Collar5

This was first time I used a hand-knitted detail, but definitely not the last!

StraightGrain Knitted Collar6
StraightGrain Knitted Collar6

Thank you, Erin and Carla, for having me in this inspiring series!

~ An