Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I measured my store bought sweaters - they seem to be about 36" or 37". I'm worried that the 38" will be too big, and the 34" will be too small. However, my gauge is off at 5st to the inch instead of 5.25 (fell victim to the "swatch on straight needles while the project is on circs" problem). So, doing the math, right now my sweater measures 36" at the bust. I'm going to try it on tonight to see if it fits. If it does, that means I have to do more calculations to figure out the waist cabling. As it stands now, I can do 11 waist cables, but there would be no k2 ribbing between the cables. If the 36" is too small, I can go up to almost 37" by adding the k2 border around the diamond cable. Thoughts?
Monday, August 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I'm using Classic Elite Summer Set - it's a really soft cotton with some alpaca. Look forward to sharing my progress (and more exciting photos!)
Friday, June 15, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Leaf Green
Needles: US 4 (I'm usually not a loose knitter, so I was surprised that I needed 4's.)
Start date: 5-26-07
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I am using Ella Rae 100% wool in a deep purple. I have used the superwash blend and been very happy with it.
As I was looking at the pattern in preparation for making it, I don't like the length of the sleeve. I will either make them longer to come to my wrist (with long arms I don't want to look like I outgrew it) or 3/4 or short. I like the short sleeve version made by another person. Also, my coworker tends to have the heat on all year, which drives me crazy.
Because I can try it on as I go, I will be able to see which way I like it best.
I will read through all of the present posts to check on ideosyncrasies that others have found in the pattern.
Wish me luck. Everyone's posted pictures are gorgeous.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
As you can see, I started swatching for the cable down raglan yesterday. I really am bad with finding gauge and I'm very paranoid about it, so once this gets swatched up, I will send it to my friend and she double checks it for me. I know, a little drastic but at least it rules out the gauge factor if it doesn't fit right?
Anyway, so far it looks like 7 needles will do the job but I will post the findings later.
have a wonderful Sunday
Saturday, May 5, 2007
I'm knitting this up in Araucania Nature wool that's long been in my stash. While I totally love the subtle variegation of this yarn, unfortunately even skeins of the same dyelot are quite different in shade. As you can probably see from the photo, the first skein was darker than the others, but I only realized this when I started on my second skein. At that point I just decided to soldier on. Ah well, it... gives it character?
(Apologies. Not sure how to get this right side up.)
I was off gauge quite a bit on both rows and stitches, so I knit one size up from what I would have otherwise, and also added one more repeat of the diamond cable. I also made it substantially shorter than the 17 3/4 ins called for from armhole to hip, ending at 14 ins. I just felt like that would be an awkward length, and I couldn't cast off before a whole additional repeat of the diamond cable. Wait, I'm confused - should I do one more repeat? Opinions? Also, the right and left cables as written started a bit low for my taste. I wanted an empire-waist kind of situation, so I started them only 4 inches below the armhole rather than the 6 indicated for my size. Boy, I sound picky.
This has been a real pleasure to knit, and I sooo appreciate the seamlessness. In fact, not having to do finishing might mean I bang this out fairly quickly, because that's usually where I stall. Sometimes for months or years. Onward, to sleeves!
PS In case any of you are curious, fortunately I do in fact have a fully functional right arm. I guess it's just camera shy? My cat, however, is not.
Friday, May 4, 2007
My name is Toya and this is my actual blog I have been following this knitalong for a while and seeing that I got my Brown sheep cotton fleece in Willow leaf (after Anna's version came out so beautiful), I decided to give it a go. I plan to swatch for it,,,, hopefully this weekend and post again.
If there was any errors, can someone let me know? I'm a new knitter so I need all the help I can get.
Have a great day and thanks Anna for allowing me to join.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I really like Tracey's short sleeved CDR, so I think I might end my sleeves around the elbow...What's funny is that I have to go back to Boston again in a week (yikes, another flight!), so maybe I'll actually finish!
Friday, April 27, 2007
I haven't had the heart to photograph the poor misshapen thing. It almost seems cruel. Please feel free to leave condolences, insight, advice, or snickering. Gorilla's are tough.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I wanted to see how this looked short-sleeved so I added the cuff right after completing the first diamond repeat on the sleeves. I was afraid it wouldn't look complete, but I think I like it and will defintely get more wear out of it living in Florida. What do you think? I tried twice to get dh to take a good photo, and this was the best he could do, so here ya go. I used just over 3 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash. I have more left so if I decide to add the sleeves later, I can.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
When working the Diamond chart, work the inc round as written in the pattern. On "work even" rounds, work as follows: Cont in patt as established, [work to next m, sl m, k1, work to next m, sl m] 2 times. (In other words, on the "work even" rounds, knit the first sleeve stitch after the marker.)
After beginning the Right Cable and Left Cable charts, work the Inc round as follows: Inc rnd: Cont in patt as established, [k1f&b, work to 1 st before next m, k1f&b, sl m, M1p (see Glossary, page 123), work to next m, M1p, sl m] 2 times--8 sts inc’d. (In other words, use the M1p increase on the sleeves rather than k1f&b.)
Hope this helps.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I just started my knitting blog, Vickilicious Knits too, in part so that I could join this group.
I'm going to be making my sweater in a cream color, and though I cast on, I've already managed to botch it so much that I'll be starting over soon.
I look forward to getting to know you all and seeing your lovely creations!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Now, I don't call this "a black hole" because it's a hole, or because it's black; I think the name is appropriate because one of the stitches I cast on simply disappeared! I cast on six, I knit for a while, and as I was getting ready to make the decreases I realized that my count was off: there were only five extra stitches!
Duh, you dropped a stitch, you might think, and I was thinking the same thing. But no, there was no dropped stitch, and I spent an hour looking. Anyway, the sleeve turned out allright. I took a break from knitting to weave in some ends and sew the holes at the underarms:
I still don't know what happened to my stitch.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I think that we have two small corrections for this pattern concerning
the sleeve increases; one that the author used a M1P increase on the
sleeves, and two that the author then knit this increased stitch in the
next round. The corrections have been sent to the web team, and I've
asked that they make posting them the top priority. I don't know
exactly when they will be posted, but I hope that it is very soon for
our readers' sake!
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.
.....I thought everyone here would like to see this - hope that it's not a duplication of info that has already been posted multiple times!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
While I've been totally drooling over this raglan since I saw it in Interweave, and went **right** out and bought yarn for it, I still haven't been able to actually sit down and cast on. I recently finished the Green Tea Raglan (from the same Interweave issue) and have far too many gift knits currently on my needles - including Icarus, Seraphim, and the Backyard Leaves scarf - to even think about it, but in the meantime my lovely lusciously soft pile of alpaca keeps on calling out to me.........................
and happily enough the photo is quite true to the real shade!)
While I've done other cabled projects in the past (notably Shedir from the Breast Cancer Awareness issue of Knitty) they've never been quite as complex as this, so it is with relief and delight that I'm reading about everyone else's adventures well in advance of my own start date.
I'm planning on omitting the smaller cables from the sleeves, which will mean a definite re-working of the stitch count to make the arms still turn out to a proper size. I'm interested to hear if anyone else has tried to do this or significantly changed the pattern in a similar way?
(p.s. I'm the Susan of Susan's Pointy Sticks, not the Susan of Knitter's Delight!) :)
Monday, April 9, 2007
I have to admit, all the constant intensive cabling kind of got to me; I had to take a break and do a straight-ahead stockinette project for a few days before I could tackle the rest of this sweater!
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Does it fit? Pretty much. But more importantly, it has passed the cat test; Molly deems it worthy for an afternoon nap. Now, if only she would pick up the needles and knit a few rows! I have one last center diamond to complete, and then I need to tackle the sleeves.
Other than the fact that my neckline is in terrible need of blocking, I was hoping to get some advice as to when I should start finishing up the body. I am working up the 38" size, and for that circumference, the length of the sweater is supposed to be 16 3/4" from the armholes. Right now I am at about 11", and I have almost finished with five diamond repeats. Working through the 6th diamond repeat will put me at about the right pattern length, maybe a little over, and that should make the sweater hit at about hip level. What do you folks think? Are your sweaters turning out hip-length as well? I am posing this question well ahead of actually reaching the point because I want to adjust the side cables to end with the center, working them straight with just three center knit stitches if necessary.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
And I love it!. So much that I want to make another one, now when I know all the tricks. One more picture of the front view can be seen here.
I am also happy that I used only 4 skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. I returned the fifth unused skein to my LYS today and got more yarn, hurrahh.
P.S. My project is done but I can`t wait to see more. There are so many great Raglans in progress. I love seeing all the different yarn and color choices. I am also happy that there are already more than twenty members of this KAL and hopefully more will keep coming, as we are now listed on the 2007 KALs page and also should be listed among the Interweave Knits Knitalongs.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
I'd post a picture of me wearing the sweater, but I don't think I can take a good picture by myself, and my photographer is still sleeping. Let's just say that this is a very shape-enhancing sweater, and it hugs all the right curves. I am somewhat amused by the fact that the model in the magazine wasn't particularly curvy, to say the least; this looks amazing, and much better, on real people.
I am particularly pleased and tickled by the waist cables, and the magic they do pulling the fabric in:
Let me also mention that I am very pleased with the Silky Wool. It feels rough and scratchy at beginning, but it is very even and makes beautiful fabric.
And now for the technical stuff. The pattern says you should end the middle cable with row 30 of the chart, but the sweater in their picture obviously does not; it has one ending 3-3 cable crossing. I like that feature, as I feel it "closes" the last repeat and matches the first 3-3 crossing at the beginning.
Gretchen mentioned the problem of the raglan increases, which do not turn out symmetrical at all. Here is the top part of my sweater:
In the first few rows near the neck you can see the jagged line you get if you follow the directions. In the later rows, I got a smooth line by doing the stockinette increase one stitch earlier than the pattern suggested. You still get the increase, but I think it looks better. I hate frogging, so I left the few ragged lines in place, but I wish I'd realized the problem earlier...
Now, about those sleeves... I have a feeling they will take forever.
Here's my biggest rub....my raglan increases don't match. It has something to do with them meeting the reverse stockinette. On the lines where you kfb into a purl stich, then purl that increase on subsequent rows, there isn't a nice stacked line of stockinette increases. It almost creates little holes. I have studied your picture posts closely and it appears that everyone's does this. It doesn't bother me so much when I view your progress....maybe if I finished the thing it would be so minor it wouldn't bother me like it does now. But I really don't want to continue all that knitting and find that yes, I still hate it.
Is it just me? Did I miss something in the directions to prevent this?
I'm considering two things, both of which involve a lot of frogging as step one! Then...placing a few more knit stiches before the center diamond cables on the sleeves to make the raglan line bordered by stockinette on both sides, (I haven't actually figured out if there is enough "room" to do this at the top of the shoulders) and eliminating the secondary cables on the sleeves. OR eliminating the center diamond cable on the sleeve entirely, and start the secondary cable at the same point that they begin at the waist shaping.
Thoughts? You are all doing beautiful work. I am getting irritated with myself, which means I need to take a different path instead of continuing down this road!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
I love how the rows after the increases just seem to fly by. Anyhow, I had thought that I would start the waist cables at the very end of the third diamond, but I've already reached the underarm length for my size. I'm thinking I might have to take it off the needles and try it on. As much as I would prefer the symmetry, a flattering fit is much more important!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
The yarn I'm using is the pattern yarn, Louet Gems Worsted. The color is off in these pictures, it is actually a deep teal green, and it looks a little shinier than how it appears here, but these ones show the cables off the best. I really like the pattern yarn, I couldn't resist it in the yarn shop. It's soft, but it is still knitting up nice and heavy, so this sweater is really going to be warm. I've completed about 1.5 diamond repeats, which means I've started on the pesky secondary cables on the sleeves.
Here is a view of one of the secondary cables. I adjusted the chart for the R/L cables to account for the increases properly, but then there was still the problem of not having a stitch to KFB into. What I did was shift the whole adjusted chart outline one box to the right for the R cable, and one box to the left for the L cable. This means that my secondary cables are one stitch closer to the diamond cable on either side, I'm not purling the last (R cable) or first (L cable) stitch in the charts, but I think there is still enough room for it to look nice. This also means that I was doing a KFB right before or after the cable for a few rounds, and you can see the result above. I think it looks fine, even when stretched. Once I do a few more rounds I am going to try it on, hopefully it will still look good.
This is the first sweater I have ever knit in the round, and so far I love it. It is requiring a lot of time and concentration, but March Madness is providing an excellent excuse for me to sit on the couch for hours and knit. And seeing everyone else's work is so encouraging.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Last night I finished the first sleeve only to realize I messed it up. I don`t even know how it happened but the side cables on the sleeves ended up really far from the central cable and so you cannot see them from the front at all. They are placed on the inside of my arm. I must have knitted more stitches between the cable patterns. The trouble is that the side cables start before the sleeves are separated from the body, which means I would have to rip almost the whole sweater. Other than that, I am really happy with the fit of this sweater. I like how the raglan design accentuates the shoulders and how the cables at the bottom of the sweater shape the waist so I don`t think the sleeve bothers me that much for me to rip it all. Only now I have to be careful to mess up the second sleeve in the same way.
Friday, March 9, 2007
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Is anyone else to this point? How did you solve it?
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Boy, it's easier when the chart is correct! Thank you for figuring that out.
I am at row 16 on the first diamond repeat, and it's making sense. I still have gauge, so that's a good sign! The color is off in the pic; it really is a periwinkle (Elann Highland Wool).
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Now, you might think that the sweater is almost done! However, you should know that my gauge is off (finer than the pattern requests). I really wanted to make something with this yarn, though, and the pattern is easy enough to adjust for a slightly different gauge. Also, after you divide the body is a little boring, with lots of stockinette; I'm putting that part on hold, as the sleeves look more interesting. These are the biggest dpn's I've every used!
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I did buy the yarn this weekend while on a quick mini-vacation with my husband. He waited quite patiently as I chatted with the local yarn merchant and did about 3 very slow circuits around the shop before making my decision. (There's something just so very pleasant about finding yarn on trips.)
It's Nashua superwash wool; I've never worked with this particular brand before (or with superwash wool, either). I'm going to go ahead and test my gauge. Hopefully that'll go well...
"Errata for Interweave Knits are handled through their website.
They have a "contact us" link at the bottom through which they can be let know of any problems.
They'll update the site as soon as they are aware of the problems.
There are no errata to the last issue of Interweave Knits posted yet. Gretchen sent them an email (Thank you Gretchen) so hopefully, they will post the corrections soon.
As for my yarn, I opted for stash yarn ... so I'm using cotton, boring, but I'm 'trying' to be 'cost efficient' ...