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!
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).