Saturday, December 15, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
No picture posted because there's nothing too spectacular to show.
Chris, from Chicago
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
My goal is to wear this on Thanksgiving Day. I think the colors are perfect for the holiday.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I was nearing the end of a certification course when we began this KAL. I took two classes concurrently and finished up last Saturday. I know many of you work, attend school, parent children and pets...... We sneak in the knitting when we can. I don't know about you but is sure helps to keep me grounded.
Thanks for sharing your progress and beautiful sweaters. It is inspiring.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I am going to take the suggestion of Nea to knit ribbing down from the bottom, because I really don't like how it's rolling up at the bottom, and also I think I'd just like the sweater a bit longer - it gets cold here in Montreal, but I think I'll be set for winter with this!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Having completed the back, the project doesn't seem so gigantic anymore. It loomed over me because I had misread the cabling and had done it incorrectly. I did not want to rip it out. The perfectionist in me finally won, and now the cables look as they should.
I love the way the cables look in this yarn.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I really like the yarn so far, and how soft it is. This is my first time using needles from KnitPicks and I Love them! They are so amazing and wonderful to knit with - I'm going to go cast on now!
(and I think blogger just ate my post, so if this posts twice I'm sorry)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I made several modifications by working it in the round but with flat sleeves, which made me conquer my fear of seaming (which turned out great by the way).
When I first did the yoke it came out way too long and it didn't fit right so I ripped it back and switched needles at 3 inches while placing a decrease row every other row. So the yoke turned out to be 5 inches long not counting the ribbing.
I also unpicked my cast on edge and worked a 1x1 rib for 7 rows to make it stay flat and not curl up in the back.
This was a fun KAL and I'm so happy to have finished a sweater that I can wear.
I have the front and back pieces of the sweater finished, and I'm working on the sleeves. I'm going to take someone else's suggestion and knit them both at the same time on a circular needle (GREAT IDEA!). Looking forward to seeing how it turns out for everyone else!
I tried to get a close up of the cabled portion, but it's difficult to do so ... maybe once the pieces are seamed together it will show up more clearly. :)
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
I'll admit that I've been distracted by other projects, but I formally started my WECY yesterday. I'm having a hard time staying away from this project. Not only am I drawn to the colors, but the yarn glides off my needles effortlessly and feels wonderful.
I'm on row 32, & counting!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I just joined, and am very excited! This is my first sweater so hopefully this will go well. When I saw the magazine in my LYS I bought it just for this sweater. I'm going to go shopping for yarn tomorrow and see what I find. I'm hoping to knit this in the round so I can avoid seams. Any starting hints would be greatly appreciated, thanks and good knitting times to all!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Anyway, to the pictures!
I tried to get a picture of the cabling up-close, which is not very easy to do when trying to hold it stretched out and take the picture with your other hand....
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I usually go down 2 needle sizes to get gauge on most patterns, but I had to go down 3. I will be knitting the majority of this sweater on US 5's.
I'm encouraged by the short pooling of this yarn, and have no doubt that I will love this pattern with this variegated yarn. Based on my swatch, I believe my sweater will look like this one and that the patterning will not be too obscured.
I do love how it feels against my skin.
Well, there it is! I've cast on. I've decided to stay true to the original design of working the back and front separately... which I may or may not regret later!
Also, I've finally gotten my invite to ravelry, which means that I may not be knitting so much as sorting through all my wips, FOs, stash, etc. Look me up: gradskoolknitter
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I haven't forgotten about this KAL, and I'm still super excited about the sweater, so I'm hoping to swatch and cast on this coming weekend!!! I just have to finish up the sweater I'm currently working on (not that I'm anti-multiple WIPs or anything, I just have this need to finish the other sweater) and then I'll cast on the WECY.
Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress and completed sweaters!
Monday, September 3, 2007
I just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Jenn. I'm a college student who learned to knit this summer and I'm already obsessed. This sweater will be my second (first is still in progress) and I plan to knit it with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in a cream color.
I can't wait! I'll be swatching tomorrow before class!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
I've been knitting it in the round with a few mods that I've mentioned on my blog.
So far the main body is done and I'm currently working on the first sleeve.
I've been using Lion Brand Cotton Ease and so far I've liked it. Hopefully that means I can get more use out of it rather than just the two months where it actually feels like winter.
Anyway I'm happy to be part of this KAL and I can't wait to see how everyone else's sweaters knit up.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I hope everyone can see those.
I have to say that I love this yarn so far. It is the KnitPicks Super Swish in Indigo. It feels soft throught my fingers and drapes gently so far. I am looking forward to having a larger section done so I can tell better.
Good Luck to everyone!
I am knitting my sweater with Debbie Bliss Alpaca/Silk. It is a really pretty deep plum color. This yarn is soooo yummy! I am knitting mine in the round from the bottom up. I did not change the number of stitches to cast on. When I do the math with my gauge, it still comes out as the published size small. I want it snug and a little higher up on the shoulders. Haven't decided how I will do that yet. I knit my first two rows with Knit, Purl in the back loop.
I can't wait to see how the rest of us are doing.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Also, I see mention of some of you knitting this in the round. Is there an easy way to calculate cast on stitches I would need?
Thanks, and I'm glad to be here!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I was re-reading the pattern, and there's absolutely no reason not to knit this in the round. The back and front are the same, and placed on holders at the end, so it will only make it easier if it's knit in the round. Easy as pie - just double the amount of stitches cast on and do every row twice instead of once. I'll have to check the pattern to see which purls/knits might need to be adjusted, but I would think that should be easy to tell too.
Friday, August 10, 2007
I have two questions for those that are going to be knitting this.
The way the sweater is constructed, is anyone going to be knitting in the round? I'm really thinking that it would be easier to do this way, rather than knit the pieces separately and then join for the yoke. It would be easy enough to convert.
My second question is, will anyone be starting the yoke patterning down further? I'm a little on the busty side and a line right across isn't exactly ideal for me. Do you think it would be possible to start it sooner? I figure that the easiest way to do this would be to knit it in the round so I know when to start it. Thoughts?
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Yarn: Austermann Bambou Soft (65% merino, 35% bamboo)
Finished size: 35"
I followd the instructions and knitted the front and back separate and joined them with the sleeves at the yoke; then I cursed myself while I did the seam for not having knitted the body as a tube.
The seams are especially hard to do with this one because the pieces cannot be blocked before seaming since they are all joined together at the yoke. So I had to deal with the annoying edges.
I added some short-row shaping at the bust (10 rows I think) in the front, and then added 4 rows at the neck for the back.
I'll post some FO photos soon.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
I recently bought the Summer IK issue, and was drawn to this pattern. To my delight, I have enough yarn in my stash to make this sweater. I'll be using Schaefer's Marjaana, a silk-merino blend. DH gave me this yarn 3 years ago for Christmas, and I've been waiting for the right pattern since then.
I'm looking forward to wearing this sweater against my skin.
Friday, August 3, 2007
It seems to have a slight turquoise overcast, which I found to be pretty.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
So, what yarn have you chosen? And what color?
I have a lot of teal, dark denim blue and pink in my stash, so I'm trying to branch out, but not too far...so I'm being a bit of a cheater by asking what colors everyone else is doing. Hehe.
(Also hi! I can't remember if I've introduced myself or not, sorry. I'm Melanie from Lotus Knits, and I'm excited about this KAL because I LOVE this sweater!!)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Up to now I have only knit things in the round (hats, socks, one sweater). I love knitting in the round, I think it's elegant and efficient; it appeals to my sense of aesthetic as well as my fear of seams. So it is with trepidation that I approach this sweater. I looked at the instructions, and it seems that the sweater is knit flat, from the bottom up, in 4 pieces: front, back, and 2 sleeves. Then, at some point near the top all of the pieces are joined together on one big circular needle and the remainder of the sweater is knit in the round to the collar. The last step is (yikes!) sewing up 4 seams (front to back x 2, sleeves x2). Do I have this right?
Couple of questions for you advanced knitters:
1. What is the best cast-on for this sweater?
2. What is the best way to knit the individual pieces so that they can be invisibly seamed together? Should I just knit across each row to the end, turn, and purl back? Or should I slip the first stitch on each row like I was taught to do with heel flaps on socks?
3. It seems disadvantageous to knit the front and back separately and them seam them up. Can I flagrantly disregard the instructions and knit the body in the round, or will I just be getting myself into trouble?
I can't wait to get the yarn for this one...I'm thinking bamboo. I'm also planning on doing 3/4 length sleeves and a slllightly shorter torso to make this more of a spring/fall sweater. Thanks for being my yoda! I look forward to hearing all your words of wisdom.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Of course, depending on what blend you use, your knit will look different. For instance, I am working right now on the Puff Cardigan from "Fitted Knits". The pattern called for merino, but I didn't have any in the stash and didn't feel like spending extra money on this project. I had some nice cotton, which as well was to be knitted on the needles size 4-4,5mm. Knowing me and knitting from this kind of yarn (which is weaved from 7 thin cotton threads and then twisted into a loose kind of cord, so it splits like hell... but it has a lovely matt-gloss look and an adorable colour) I decided for needles size 4. The cardigan on the picture in the book looks rather tightly knitted, and it gives me the impression of being almost felted. But my cotton gave extra dimension to the knits. The seed stitch looks almost like beaded and the whole knit seems to be more decorative, almost decadent.
As some of you might know I knitted two different versions of Lelah: one in cotton and one in poly blend. And believe me or not, they look completely different. The one from cotton is slightly too big in the boob area, but it's because I didn't trust the pattern. The poly one is my absolute favourite, because it as well wears better than this particular cotton yarn.
When you substitute yarn, you have to make sure that your gauge is right. I never start work without making a swatch or two (with needles of two different sizes, to compare which I like better). Like that one can easily count the stitches required for the particular project. (I know I am not telling anything new). I usually cast on 20 stiches for my swatch (sometimes more, depending on what the label says). Now: if your garment is knitted in stockinette you should knit the swatch in stockinette (but if it's patterned, then better make a swatch in the pattern you will knit in, and a stockinette to make sure it's not too loose). I am a lazy swatcher and keep it short, usually about 20 rows. Then measure how many inches/centimeters you get in those 20s. And now it gets very mathy: let's say that your 20s=12cm/4.72 inches, but the pattern says you need 48cm/18.9inch. Here you count like that: 20 times 48=960, 960 divided by 12=80 stitches (20 times 18.9 = 378, 378 divided by 4.72 = 80 stitches). So that's the amount of stitches which you need to obtain the gauge. But again, some patterns call for a particular amount of stitches to keep the repeats of the pattern. So, if our gauge is 80 stitches but we have to work on the pattern which repeats over 13stitches, then: 80 divided by 13 = 6,2 repeats, so round it up to 7 repeats (so that the garment wouldn't be too tight) and that gives you 13 times 7 = 91 stitches. Does it make sense?
I know, ladies, that probably all of you knew this stuff already, so I hope that I haven't bored you to death!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The 4 sizes listed are: 35 (40, 45, 50) inch finished bust circumference.
Here is a diagram of the other finished dimensions of the sweater that may help you decide which size to make (hopefully the FBI and Interweave won't arrest me in the middle of the night for posting it):
If anyone needs the sleeve circumference measurements, just send me an e-mail and I'll get those to you (I don't usually use Blogger so I had to wrestle with getting the image formatted to fit properly and after about 20 tries and a few not-so-nice words, I settled on this one and called it good!).
The yarn called for is Tahki Torino (100% extra fine merino; 94 yd [86m]/50g): 10 (12, 14, 16) balls. (940 yds, 1128, 1316, 1504) (metric: 860 m, 1032, 1204, 1376).
According to WEBS this yarn is considered worsted weight with a gauge of 4.5 sts = 1" on size 8 needles (metric: 4.5 sts = 2.54 cm on size 5.0 mm needles). So probably any worsted weight yarn would work. I have to admit that I'm not the best at substituting yarns, so if anyone has any great options they'd like to share, I would really appreciate it! Kasia is also the Queen of substituting yarn, so maybe she can do a post to talk about that - I'll ask her :)
Anyway, hope that helps Rhonda, and whomever else may have had questions about the sizing that has not purchased their pattern or yarn yet.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Thought I would post what I've done so far on the sweater. Just as soon as I get the underarm section done on this I'm going to put it away until closer to September....I know I jumped ahead but I just had to see how this yarn looks with the pattern. The yarn is so soft and light so it will be perfect for Winter here in the South!!
It's the same gauge and everything, plus it's nice and inexpensive [ $3.29 ] a skein. Anyways, just let me know what you guys think -- I'm very indecisive and have a really hard time making up my mind without some opinions. Thanks in advance guys =)
This is my first KAL... I'm really excited about this project. I bought the supplies and magazine almost 2 months ago but I've been busy with other WIPs and birthday presents, etc. September is going to be pretty much the perfect time for me to start this project. Below are pictures of the supplies I bought (minus the Rowan Denim which has been used to make the baby pants from LMKGs for a friend). There's also a close up on the yarn which is 7 skeins of Baruffa Merinos Sei in colour 42000 (sort of a charcoal grey). Baruffa is apparently made by the same company as Trendsetters, at least, that's what they told me at the LYS.
I'm looking foreward to getting to know all of the participants and seeing your work as well!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
khmm khmm... the one who is supposed to be co-hostess is like always the last to introduce herself... oh well..
My name is Kasia(you can find me here and together with Maryanne we are hosting this KAL. It's so lovely to see so many of you here and I hope that there will be more to come! Thanks all for being here and again big thanks for Maryanne for setting everything up!
Monday, July 9, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
After Maryanne told me about this KAL, I started thinking about it more and more, and then about yarns that could work well for this great pattern. I was thinking of using my Tess Designer Yarns "Silk and Ivory" for this - I think the cinnamon color might look nice for this. Thoughts?
Friday, June 29, 2007
Kasia and I thought it would be fun to do a knitalong for this gorgeous sweater that was on the front of the Summer 2007 Interweave Knits. We are looking at starting the KAL on September 1st, when the weather starts to cool a bit, and would love to have anybody who's interested join us in knitting this beautiful sweater. We're posting early so people have time to get their supplies and buy the magazine if they don't already have it. At this point there isn't a deadline as far as finishing the sweater and we can have the KAL continue as long as there is interest in it. Also, if you have already started the sweater and would like to post here, you are more than welcome to! Thanks for stopping by and we do hope you'll join us for a fun time chatting, knitting, and posting everyone's lovely FO's and WIP's! Stay tuned for updates.....