Archive for January, 2011

Cable Ready

Time for the Fun Part!

I just tried all three pieces on (ok, well, it was kinda awkward since they’re not attached yet) and have concluded that it’s time to pull this act together.

The sleeves could be an inch too long, but the cute garter stitch cuff folds back and still looks great.  So there’s some leeway there!  The original pattern called for CO 4o for the sleeves and I thought they were too wide.  I backed off to CO 32.  This called for extra increasing to get to the final stitch count (to make the yoke work).  I should have increased every 6 rows instead of every 8.  That’s why the sleeves are long!  If I like this sweater as much as I think I will, I may use this template again.  Next time, the CO for the cuffs will be 36.

I love the weight of this yarn.  It’s City Tweed HW from Knit Picks in the Jacquard colorway.  I can tell that the sweater will feel substantial.  I bought 7 balls but it’s looking like I will use less than 6.

OK, off to make the Big Join and get started on the cable yoke!

Edit: this is from a pattern by Ann Budd.  See previous post.


Tweed on Ice

It’s an icy morning — a good time to knit!  This is going to become a cabled yoke sweater.  It’s not an original design this time.   First time for a yoke sweater, so I picked a pattern that I’ve always liked.  It’s from Ann Budd’s book The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. I couldn’t find a posted picture of the sweater so you’ll have to wait until I’m finished!

The book isn’t really a pattern book; it provides tables so that you can estimate yarn purchases and plan different kinds of sweaters after getting gauge.  But it DOES have examples of each type of sweater and there is an explicit “copycat” pattern spelled out for each of these!

I never end up copycatting completely, ha ha!  In this case, I cast on with fewer stitches for the sleeves.  Let’s see what happens with the rest of the sweater …

As you can see in this picture, I’m using two circular needles instead of DPNs for the sleeves.  I prefer DPNs over two circs because the extra dangling needles can be annoying — if not to me, then to the cat on my lap.  But I also prefer metal needles over bamboo because the tips are sharp.  I went with sharp tips this time, let the cat be cranky!

If you use this method of circular knitting and you have modular needles, did you know you only need one pair of needles in the desired size?  I don’t remember where I learned that (maybe Cat Bordhi?) but it really give flexibility when choosing your method.  The trick is to put one needle of the desired size on each circular cable.  The other needle can be a size smaller.  When you’re knitting, set it up so that the bigger needle is in the right hand (you wrap the yarn around it, which defines the gauge) and the smaller needle is in the left hand (it holds already-knit stitches, so doesn’t affect gauge).  A bonus is that the stitches slide onto the smaller needle more easily too!

I was SOOO busy over the last year or so, but I think life is settling down now.  I hope to post more often and to catch up on other blogs too …


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