FO: Coin Cable Raglan Sweater

Whoo, they’re coming fast and furious now!!! 

The Coin Cable Raglan Sweater was my first adult-size garment … although I finished the camisole first.  The problem with the sweater was that I had made the body too long and didn’t feel up to ripping it back and re-knitting.  So the poor thing was banished to a bag where it sat for months.  Once I got it out, it only took a few days to finish, go figure!

an easy cable on sleeves and side
an easy cable on sleeves and side
a loose fit for layering
a loose fit for layering

Please excuse the poor quality of the photos.  Self-photography in a poorly-lit room on a wrinkled sweater (courtesy of its recent life in a bag) doesn’t make for magazine-cover quality, ha ha!

Here are the details: I used The Incredible, Custom-Fit Raglan Sweater pattern by Pamela Costello.  It’s more of an algorithm than a pattern and therefore it’s a keeper!  I had 12 hanks of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes yarn in the “Claret Heather” colorway but I think I used about 10.  I used size 8 needles (large circular for the body, small circular for the sleeves and DPNs for the cuffs).

I used the “Slip-Cross Coin Cable” stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s “A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns”.  It’s doesn’t require a cable needle and there is only one crossing of stitches every 8 rows.  That was handy for keeping track of the decreases down the sleeves because I decreased every 8 rows too!

Good thing about knitting the whole sweater in one piece from the top down: you can try it on as you go.  (You need to put the body onto some waste yarn or thread on a second large circular needle, but it’s worth it.)  Bad thing about knitting the whole sweater in one piece: you have to lug the whole thing around with you wherever you go.  Also: knit the sleeves first and then the body.  When you’re knitting the sleeves, you turn the sweater around a lot and it’s a pain when the whole dang body is attached!

Note to self for next time: use a more flexible bind-off than the standard one (at least for the collar).

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