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.