Sunday, October 21, 2007

Question by a "continental" knitter

Not only do I knit Continental style but I knit from the back of a stitch. Now in the pattern when it says K1F&B do I knit from the back first the way I usually do?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

more sizing

Here is the CDR at 36"

I think it is a tad bit too small.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


I'm new to posting here, but I've been lurking working on the CDR for awhile now. You can read the details on my blog. I just finished the first skein (brown sheep cotton fleece, in lime light), and am up to the point where I have to decide which size to make it.

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

I finished!

Finally, I finished the Cable-Down Raglan! It's a beautiful sweater, but I think I could have gone down a size.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Swatching, Swatching

I am quickly swatching to make sure my needle choice (and size) is the correct one...seems Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece is super popular for this project. I think I'll need to use my addis since this yarn isn't scooting off the needle so well on my bamboos.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

A little progress......

I'm taking this on my holidays and hope to have a lot more done by the time I get back. :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Hi, I joined this KAL a while ago and have finally cast on for the Cable Down Raglan. I have some WIPs to knock out first, but I hope to get really knitting on this soon.

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

Just started......

Hi! I've just started in Cotton Fleece (Robin's Egg Blue).

I had to search the blog already to check out the increases as they hadn't made sense to me at all. Thanks for the information, it really helps :)

I'll post pictures soon. :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Questions about finishing the body of the sweater

Hi everyone! I took a break from working on this sweater for a little while, the cabling at the end of the body was really getting to me, and now I have picked it up again and have almost finished the body. I am at a point where I have some decisions to make that will determine the look of the sweater. I am making the 36" size, and I started the side body cabling sectioning where indicated and where I thought it looked nice. However, these side cables are out of sync with the main diamond cable, and so when I finish my last diamond cable the secondary cables will not end at the same time. I've been looking at the pattern pictures, and it looks like this didn't happen in the pattern either, and that these outer cables were just k3 straight down to the bottom. I am thinking of doing that, ending the mini-cables after their last crossing and then doing k3 each time I pass them to the finish, which will end up being about 6 rows, I think. Did anyone else come across this same issue? Did you use this solution, or did you just keep with the cabling and not worry that it didn't end at a point? Or did anyone come up with a cooler solution to this problem? I can't remember if this whole issue was posted earlier, and if so, I apologize for bringing it up again without first searching through the archives. Any advice anyone has would be appreciated. Once I finish the body, I will post a picture of how cables and things turned out.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Some Progress! First Diamond done!

I finally have more time to work on this and now it is going quite quickly and not seeming quite as mind-boggling. As of tonight I'm a little farther than this picture shows. I have finished the first diamond and have started the sleeve cables. Now I just have to make a decision on the size I want to go with. I'm wavering between the 34-1/2 and 38. I just don't want it to be too snug - especially over the tummy! I'll try it on when I increase to the 34-1/2 size.

Everyone's work is beautiful. I can't wait to see more pictures!


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

This is going surprisingly quickly!

I've separated out the sleeves for the CDR. Details are here. I'm already thinking about a navy blue version with tweaked sleeve increases.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Intro and progress so far

Hello all! I'm Bethany, and I just started my CDR on Saturday. So far, I've done 1 1/2 repeats of the center diamond cable. I haven't split for the sleeves yet, but hopefully my (not-long-enough) cable needle can handle it!

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

Chart Help

Is anyone willing to help me decipher this Chart pattern, I've never worked with charts before. please contact me.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Can someone let me know if this sweater is true to size, Measurments is 36.5 by using a measuring tape so I want to make sure I cast on the correct size.. thanks

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Finally bought my yarn

I finally bought my yarn with an appreciation gift certificate given to me by my employer.
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

Getting ready

Hello! I am in the process of purchasing my yarn for this lovely sweater--Berroco Pure Merino. My question is about fit. Should this sweater be sized with negative ease? I just knit Sahara by Stitch Diva and the actual sweater bust measurement was about 3 inches less than the actual bust measurement. This sweater seems like it should also have that kind of fit. My bust measures 34.5 and I see that there is a size that is almost the same measurement. Should I make that size or the smaller one which is around 31 inches? Thanks for any advice!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

The gauge process

Hey everyone,

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


First off, hey there. I too was struck when I first laid eyes on this sweater, not only because it's purdy, but also because the beautiful woman sporting the sweater in the magazine is my high school boyfriend's sister! Turns out the whole magazine was shot in my hometown of Portland, Maine. Small world.

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

Hey Everyone.
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

Not much done...

Well, I've got second sleeve syndrome pretty badly. I just started on the first sleeve last Thursday as I was on a plane to and from Boston. Here's what I managed in my airplane-inspired fear:

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


Such lovely photos of lovely sweaters on lovely slim and curvy knitters are a joy to behold. Alas, this not so slim, but curvy knitter ran into some rather HUGE problems. For all of the grizzly details, you'll have to read about it here.
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

Done (I think)

Ok I give up and can't figure out why my photos aren't showing up right, but if you click on them, they'll open in a new window just fine.

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

Pattern Correction Posted

I've been waiting to start this project until Interweave published the correction. Here's the text, finally:

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.


Does anyone have an idea of when Interweave will come out with the pattern correction(s)? Have the yarn and am anxiously awaiting the correction(s) before starting. Has anyone figured out the increases keeping in pattern for the sleeves?

Friday, April 20, 2007


Just in time for spring:

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Hi hi

I'm very excited to get started with this project, and I thought I should introduce myself. My name is Vicki, and this is my first KAL.

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!

- Vicki

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Anxious to Start!

Hello! This is my first post and I'm new at this - knit-alongs and blogging. I have found it so helpful to read about everyone else's sweaters. So I'm very excited to join.

Anyway...I also fell in love with this sweater when the magazine first came out and am now almost ready to start it. My yarn arrived in the mail yesterday, but I probably won't be starting for a couple of weeks....unfortunately! I have to finish two baby-shower gifts for twin girls and my son's sweater (which entails a LOT of knitting as he is 19 and NOT a baby!) and I'm trying to get ready for a week long trip with a girlfriend! But I may just do a little swatch in the next couple of days.

Also, I was hoping the corrections to the sweater would be published soon as I am not as brave as all of you - my brain is too tired right now to do all the figuring!

So here is my yarn. Knit Picks Superwash wool in "Baby Blue" - but it is much prettier than the name suggests. I wanted to have the sweater in a nice light color similar to the one in the magazine. I hope to share some progress soon.

Thanks everyone - I'm looking forward to this!


Friday, April 13, 2007

The black hole

One of the changes I made to my sweater involves the sleeves. I found them a little tight at the underarm, so I decided to cast on a few stitches before joining the sleeve in the round. The result is.. a black hole:

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

Straight from my e-mail inbox....

I received this reply from Interweave regarding the status of the Cable-Down errata just mere minutes ago....

Hi Susan,

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.

Best wishes,

.....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

Off to the frog pond...........

Well my Cable Down Raglan is on its way to the frog pond as we speak. I am up to where I put on the sleeves on holders and just work on the body and I am unhappy with it. I am going to reknit it with changes. I am going to change the neck a little so it isn't so bumpy where the front cable is. I am going to rework the increases so they are prettier and move the sleeve cables over a stitch. I am a little cranky with Interweave. There are errors in this pattern and an errata is not out yet, there should be no excuse on getting out your erratas promptly. I have been following the dollar and a half knitalong as that was on the list and those folks are really grumpy with the poor editing on their pattern. Not good, not good. Anyway I am off for a few days so hopefully I can focus on this sweater and get going on it as I love the end result. I will post on the changes I have made once I see whether they are successful or not, including photos. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Purchased but not started...

Hi Everyone!

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.........................

(the yarn is elann's Peruvian Pure Alpaca in their 'cactus' colour -
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

Look, Ma, no...sleeves.

It's been a while since I've been able to offer a decent update on my progress! Here is my CDR now:

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

The Cat Test

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.


Since there has been a lack of posts since Anna posted her absolutely beautiful finished sweater, I thought I would try to liven things up here and throw up my work-in-progress:

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

Cable Down Raglan is done

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.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Back to it!

I haven't been able to get much knitting in lately. We have been super busy working on our house. You can see our work in the picture above. We replaced all the carpet in our house with bamboo. Anyway, I got all the increases completed and got a few rows of the body done. Tried it on and I think I'm really going to like the fit. I went with a smaller size to get a couple inches of negative ease so it's more form fitting. Hopefully that will work for me. This is such a beautiful sweater. I'm knitting it in Cascade 220 Superwash that I happened to have in the stash or I wouldn't have picked this color, but I love the yarn. And after figuring out the cable and increase problems, it's going quickly. I did m1's instead of the kfb's and moved the right/left cables over a stitch.
I have been thinking of turning it into a short sleeve top. I live in Florida and won't get to wear this until next winter. Although being wool, even short sleeve will probably be too hot. I don't like having to wait so long to wear something.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Getting somewhere...

It is amazing how the last few rows of knitting seem to take forever. It took me three days to finish the double border (those 10 rows of knit or purl) on the body of the sweater:

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.

I give!

After slogging through figuring out the chart corrections, then researching corrections to the corrections of the left/right sleeve cables (thanks to all of you!) I have determined that I don't like how this sweater is turning out. I'm partway into the second diamond and the start of the sleeve cable.

Here's my biggest 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

Underway at last.......

Finished up a much needed jumper for myself, my new interweave arrived so I now have the pattern, went through many yarns in my stash discovering that reverse stockinette has an unique ability to make even yummy yarns look like crap, reworked the math on the pattern so I can change the gauge, let go of the dream that this jumper would be in soft grey and I am finally knitting! Not enough on the needles yet to see in a photo, I tried, I will post in a couple of days when I have something to show. Am loving it already.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Lovely, Lovely

I looked at all of the lovely progress this morning and I decided that I wasn't going to post my woes on the sight. If you'd like to feel even better about how you're doing, you can read about my anti-progress here.


Well, it's taken me a bit to catch's a blurry picture of my progress!

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

Side Cable Dilemna

After reading Trudy's solution to the increases that have to be knit into the side sleeve cables, I thought I had done the same thing. If I understand correctly, Trudy moved her cables over one stitch, which seems to work brilliantly. I realized that I took another route. Instead of starting the side cables immediately after finishing the first diamond, I waited and started them when I got to Row 3 of the second diamond. This provides that extra stitch and although the cables don't start together, they end together. So for those of you who haven't started this part, this is another work around that seems to work fine. By the way, starting on row 14 of the first diamond repeat (sleeves only), I found it useful to put another marker between the 26 stitches and the new increases on the sleeves. Hope this is helpful.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The yoke so far

Hello everyone! This is my progress on the sweater so far:

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

So Close

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.
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Friday, March 9, 2007

My progress so far...

Hey folks, just joined this KAL and am really looking forward to seeing everyone's projects. I decided to do mine in some Rowan Calmer (Coral) I had in the stash as I thought this design would make a great spring/lighterweight sweater. I really love working with this yarn and just hadn't found the right project for this bunch of it (got it on a GREAT sale too!) As I need a 50" finished garment, I'm overgauging just a smidge and so far it seems to be going well. I just started the 2nd repeat on the main cable chart and the side cables on the sleeves. I love working sweaters from top down...somehow they just seem to go faster and of course I love not having seams to sew up. The cables are a little on the loose side but I think (from past experience with this yarn) that they'll sort themselves out nicely after a wash/block.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

One diamond minus 4 rows. Using the extra markers has really helped keep me on track. I find myself looking forward to picking up this project, so that's a good omen. Since I'm making one of the "larger" sizes, this may take some time. -Rosi

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

3 Strikes and You're Out

When I wrote to Anna and asked to join the KAL, I was so excited that I had found enough Gems Merino in my stash for the pattern. Well, it just so happens that my excitement turned to frustration in short order. The Gems I had was sport weight, not worsted. I was still hopeful when I had to move down to a size 4 US in order to obtain the proper gauge. It's been a while since I knit an Aran sweater and I forgot that unless the resulting fabric is dense, the cables are loosey goosey, thin and wobbly. Long story short; after 3 tries with the Gems, I have switched to Elann Peruvian Wool & Silk. (still on size 4 needles) What a difference! I should have pics soon. From what I see on this page, I'm going to have to do some perfect knitting to measure up.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

More help needed, please! Left/Right Cables

I have reached the point where I need to work the right and left cable on the sleeve, and again, the chart isn't working. Row one is fine; row two is not. For the right cable, I knit into the front and back of the stitch right after the marker, which leaves me 8 stitches to work. However, the chart shows 9 stitches left to work.

Is anyone else to this point? How did you solve it?


Sunday, March 4, 2007

Finally, some progress

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

Progress so far...

I'm knitting mine in Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool, greenish. As I've been sick with flu this week, I got to stay home and work on it a bunch. I've completed three pattern repeats!

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!

Waiting, waiting, waiting.............

I am still waiting on my Interweave, any day now I am sure! I need to knit this sweater from my stash and all of a sudden everything I own looks incredibly boring and I have nothing that is right, oh the misery of stash busting. I will post once my IK arrives and I have chosen the yarn. I have a couple of other projects to complete so the delay is a good thing, .....really. It is great to see everyone else's.

First Diamond

I finished the first diamond yesterday. Finally, it seems I am making some progress after two false starts. First I messed up the cables on the sleeves and then I decided to knit the first row of the diamond chart twice to make the cable look more smooth and even. I love how the pullover looks in Cotton Fleece and can`t wait to get to the point when I divide the sleeves from the body and try it on.
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Thursday, March 1, 2007


I am so excited to start this. I have told myself that I must finish my current sweater- Thorn and Thistle Cardigan from IK Spring '06- before I cast on. I have the yarn- Cottonease in Popsicle Blue and cannot wait to see everyone's sweater.

What do you think ...

For those of you that have started knitting this, what do you think? I do not like the way the cables are lying. Maybe it's the yarn I'm using, but it just seems lumpier than I'd like ... I guess I prefer a smoother look around the neckline.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ooooh, the difficulties of choosing yarn

Sigh. I'll be starting in on this if I can ever decide on a yarn and if my IK ever arrives. Till then, I'll just watch all of you post progress. Take lots of pictures, knitters!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Just joined!

I'm so glad there's a KAL for this pattern; thanks to the mod for putting this together! I'm Holley (aka complainr), and I'm plugging away on the homestretch for the Cardigan for Arwen from the Winter '06 IK, and I told myself that I had to finish that first before casting on for this!

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 update

I received the email from Stefanie. Unfortunatelly, it does not help much as she remarks that:

"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.

Thank you,


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.


I love the way the pattern says that the 'shaping' is easy enough even for a beginner to do ... well, I'd hate to be that beginner who decides to make this ... I'm find it a wee bit of a 'don't distract me while I'm knitting' type of pattern ... As for the increases ... I'm knitting them and if I don't like the way it's looking after a few more rows, I'll frog it ...

As for my yarn, I opted for stash yarn ... so I'm using cotton, boring, but I'm 'trying' to be 'cost efficient' ...

I got gauge

on size 6 needles using Cotton Fleece. I casted on immediately.
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