Monday, December 10, 2007
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 6 skeins of colour 10 woad
Needles: 3.5mm addi turbos for the body, 3.25mm dpns for the garter rib in the sleeve, 3.5mm and 3.75mm addi turbos for the upper sleeve, 3mm addi lace for the button/neck bands
Mods: Used smaller needles for narrower sleeve/cuff. Knit 4 fewer rows in the neckband. Knit 2 more rows in each front band. Made 4 st button holes to accomodate slightly larger buttons.
Notes: The sleeves are 3" longer than they should be. I hope my bf likes long sleeves! Lots of vm in the yarn which was annoying. Overall, I am very pleased. I ended up calling my bf and let her pick the buttons. She chose the antiqued silver.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I am very close to being finished. I narrowed the sleeves by knitting the garter rib with 3.25mm dpns (for an 8" diameter), switched to 3.5mm circs at the stockinette, and then to 3.75mm circs to match gauge with the rest of the sweater. I occasionally had to knit a few extra rows to match the length of the sleeves to the diagram.
I think there is a slight error in the neckband instructions. The pictures in the magazine only show 4 garter ridges (8 rows of knitting) but when I knit the neckband according to the instructions, there were 7 garter ridges showing after folding it in half. I didn't like how tall it was so I ripped out 4 rows and now it looks like the picture in the magazine.
I am working on the front left band and I'm auditioning buttons. The ones shown above are just slightly larger than half an inch so I need to knit the button band slightly wider.
I have these buttons in 2 colours - antiqued silver on the left and antiqued bronze on the right. Which one do you think I should use? (click on the image for a larger one)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I am just so happy and satisfied! The full details and more pictures are on my blog:
This was a great way to mark my first year as a knitter. I've noticed there are quite a few of us Freshmen on this knit-a-long, so rock on my compatriots! This sweater is totally doable!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I still have the finishing details to worry with, weaving in the ends, sewing on buttons, and the like. And I'm hoping the tangled bits don't look quite as puckered after I block it. But all in all I can't wait to wear it.
img hosted at flikr
img hosted at flikr
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I'm starting to get excited about getting this finished and wearing it, so after a brief loss of momentum this project is zooming along again. Given the change in the weather, I can't get it done soon enough!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wow - this is a fast knit! I have reached the underarms. So the next step is to cast on a sleeve. I agree that a 9.5" cuff is too baggy for a 6" wrist. So I will be casting on with 3.25mm dpns which should give me a 7.5-8" cuff. Part way up the garter ribbing, I'll switch to 3.5mm needles.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I'm at the waist now. I just finished the first ball of yarn and I need to go wind the second one. I like the look of the yarn (Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool) but I don't like all the vm in it. I'm picking out the big burrs as I come across them. Ick! Overall, I like the drape and I think the yarn was a good substitute. I am knitting the smallest size but since my bf is soooo skinny, I went down a needle size (3.5mm - stitch gauge is off but row gauge is spot on) so that there will be some negative ease.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I'm finally in the groove with this project...it took me a while! I started knitting a year ago and this is my most difficult project thus far. I tried the cable pattern first on some scrap yarn to make sure I could get through it...I'm using Rowan Felted Tweed in cranberry; it's actually more of a plum/brown. I am knitting the second size with a somewhat tighter gauge. Here's a look at her.
Grateful for the information and learning! Stunning knitting out there.
Ok, here’s the deal. I’ve been working on the sleeves for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan for a few weeks and here’s what’s happening:
Here’s a closer look:
Waaaay to big for my liking. So here’s where I need my fellow knitters advice…
Should I frog the sleeves and start all over, and cast on fewer stitches? Or should I keep the sleeves I’ve knitted so far, but make them three-quarter sleeves instead? Here’s what they would look like on moi three-quarter length:
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Is there a way to recover the 2 stitches without ripping back almost 2 whole rows? I was way too tired to think this through late last night, so maybe this is an easy fix. I plan to play with a swatch tonight to see if I can do it. I'm using felted tweed in a dark color -- it is so hard to see stitches clearly sometimes.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I am already planning some mods - narrower sleeve cuffs and extra decreases/increases because she's got a tiny waist.
My circ needles arrived today so I should be swatching soon. I can't wait to start knitting!
I apologize wholeheartedly to those of you who have had to wait for invitations lately. This isn't Ravelry, and I should take far less time to get those invites out. It turns out that even at the undergraduate level, a senior thesis takes, like, time. In that spirit, if any of you feel like signing on and making us administratrices (plural) rather than administratrix (singular), tell Gmail to let me know. The responsibilities are pretty minimal, but my computer has lately proven that it has an unfaithful heart and the day of reckoning (thesis deadline) approaches, so if anyone feels like joining forces, that would be awesome.
Tangle onward! Yoke like you mean it! Cable without mercy!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Yarn: Knitpicks Palette in Garnet Heather
Needles: US 3 circs for body/yoke, US 4 dpn's for sleeves
(however, my gauge was off and it ended up smaller than it was supposed to)
For more, stop by my blog
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Isn't this yarn yummy? I am in total lust with this yarn. Silky Wool from Elsebeth Lavold. The color, the texture, the smooth way it knits up. Pure. Love.
However, the pattern is a bit problematic for the novice. I feel somewhat sacrilegious in criticizing Eunny - but there is an error in the increase section for the body and the directions for joining the sleeves are less than clear. And then there are the 2 completely useless markers one stitch from each edge. Huh? Isn't there enough to worry about without messing with a stitch marker flopping about and threatening to fall off each row turn? Those little ##$@^$^ fell off one to many times and I got rid of them. So there.
Erm... I must be close to that time of the month. Except - I don't do that anymore! Guess I'm just a bitch.
But... isn't she lovely? I am 20 rows away from the yoke. I can't wait, but I am a tad fearful. Will Eunny flummox me again? we shall see....
Friday, October 5, 2007
The grafted under arm:
As you can see, I chose to do a Henley style neckline -- preserving the split at the front of the cardigan. For larger pictures, an explanation of why I went that route, and details on all of the other changes I made, you can read my more complete post at my blog, which is found here.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
First, here is a shot of the side "seam."
To remove it, I first dropped the purl stitch all the way down to the garter rib. (I wasn't going to undo the seam stitch there because it provides a focal point for the decreases.)
Then, using a crochet hook, I laddered the stitch back up -- turning it from a purl stitch to a knit stitch.
Without the seam stitch, the side looks like this:
I liked how that looked better, so before I joined the sleeves and body for the yoke, I undid the seam stitch on the other side as well. Important note: I conducted this experiment before I finished the garter rib on my first sleeve, so I could decide whether or not to add the seam stitch to the sleeve under arm. I wanted the sleeves and body to match, obviously.
I'm almost finished with the whole thing. If not tonight, then tomorrow.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
"Return held sts for right sleeve to needle with RS facing" - which needle? the right one or the left? Which held sts? the 19 sts or the 60? Do you knit these held sts onto the needle or just place them on?
"Knit next st of right front tog with first right-sleeve st as k2tog" I guess this depends on the answer to my first question(s). Actually, I hope the whole thing will clear up with these answers.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
As is my usual MO, I plan on modding this sweetie. First off, I decided to use a stash-yarn, which unfortunate is going to prove a gamble: I have 10 skeins of Jamieson's DK in Port Wine (a lovely colour!) which only amounts to 1075 metres of yarny goodness.
With this in mind, I've decided to shorten the sleeves, probably to just above the elbow.
Also, as I was working along, I noticed my row count is abnormally high! I hope this means I won't use up as much yarn.
I've also nipped in the waist a bit, (once again, in a desperate attempt to save some for what I imagine will be a yarn-gobbling yoke and tedious ribbed edging).
Now, off to knit. I do have one nagging problem - what colour buttons to buy? Any suggestions? I think it may be tricky to match the purple. Would a pearly white be too stark a contrast? How about slate grey?
Monday, September 17, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I started my Tangled Yoke yesterday! It's the 42" size knit with Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed in the color 'Cocoa'. I'm only two inches into the pattern, but I already love it.
I took a day trip to Anacortes today and went to Ana-Cross Stitch. It sounds like a cross stitch shop, but it has a new owner and it's now mainly a yarn shop. I bought nine buttons for my cardigan there. What do you think? I love them. They're oyster shell - grooved on one side and smooth and shiny on the other.
I don't have my camera handy, but here is a photograph from the day I started, which shows the color.
I am NOT knitting this sweater as a cardigan; I'm turning it into a pullover. To do that, I cast on the same number of stitches for the front as for the back. I'll put four of the front stitches on a holder at the point when I want to split the neck (which I plan to do just before the cable pattern starts).
I am using U.S. 4 needles because I found my gauge was a little bit loose on the size 5s recommended by the pattern. Also, there is a small error in the instructions for the decreases that occur during the garter rib. She has five decreases within the ribbing (at least for the second size) as detailed by the instructions and the number of stitches remaining, but the row count assumes more. It's because the instructions are written in a confusing way and I think that caused a miscount. It's easily fixable, but just something to be aware of.
I will also be updating my progress on my blog.
Friday, September 14, 2007
My yarn for Tangled Yoke came yesterday. It's Mr. Joe Blanket in the color Stone from Elann. I swatched it with needles sizes 4 & 5. 5 is a tad bigger than gauge and 4 is a tad smaller in stockinette. 5 is right on the ribbing part though, so I think I'll go with that. The fabric is a quite a bit looser feeling on the 5s but that will probably be a plus in the warm climate here. 4 looks a bit smoother but I honestly don't know if I'd have enough yarn if I used the 4s and it would take so much longer. This yarn is a tiny bit thick and thin anyway, so it's probably not going to have a totally smooth look anyway. So far, I really like it. Now I just have to figure out what size I need!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
I'm thinking my LYS goddesses will teach me. Not only had they never heard of such a thing, they thought I was nuts. They are no longer goddesses. The 'net also failed. One lone spot discussed cuff down 2 socks on a single circ, but there were assumptions that I knew way more than I did.
I duked it out with my two balls of yarn and one circular needle and voila - here is my tutorial for novices!
Hope this helps someone. I am just a few rounds from finishing the sleeves. Pictures when they come off the needles!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Has anyone made this size and could tell me if they found a problem with the numbers?
Thursday, August 30, 2007
"I think the model had only an inch or so of ease in the pictured sweater - but I think this sweater would look fine with a couple more inches of ease as well. It's not very dramatically shaped - part of that is the illusion created by how deep the ribbing is. Instant waistline! The ribbing is a garter rib, too, which is less binding than a regular rib, so that stealthy fake waistline doesn't come at the expense of being able to draw a deep breath."
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
As predicted, I had to add a bunch of plain rows at the top of the sleeve (I worked 30 instead of 17), and I'm still glad the stitches are held instead of bound off in case I need more. Oy. But I love the Silky Wool. It works up like woolly tree bark, and yet it's so light! Awesome.