So while my Starsky is blocking...
I thought I'd share one of the projects on my needles with you. I've called it the Cabled Wine Cardigan. The pattern is from a German magazine called Rebecca. I fell in love with this sweater when I saw Mimsie's version on Ravelry. I've had it in my queue for literally years and finally bought the yarn and pattern about 6 months ago. The yarn I'm using is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a colourway called wine - 013.
The sweater in the magazine is very cropped and is actually called "06 Cropped Sweater". Um, yeah, I don't do cropped anything, so I'm adding a fair bit of length. Like another 20cms (I've gotten so used to knitting in inches that the centimeter thing makes me scratch my head for a minute until I remember that I actually know how to use cms!).
I found it hard to figure out how to get gauge when the pattern says "slightly stretched". How much is slightly? So I decided to knit a sleeve to see if that would work for gauge. I figured the sleeves are pretty small and wouldn't hurt too much to frog if I was using the wrong size needle. Luckily I had a nice tight knit fabric with the 4mm's and I'm just going for it. I have a lot of wriggle room with blocking if I need to adjust the size.
So far everything looks great. I'm finished one sleeve, the back and most of one side of the front. I bet if I knit for a few solid days I'll be at the blocking stage. I've been careful to do a selvaged edge to make seaming easier. Hopefully things will go smoothly.
I've done a few minor mods, like lengthening the entire sweater. I've also done a 2x2 rib instead of the 1x1. I like the look of it. I hope it works for the front edging. I'd hate to find out later that I should have done a 1x1 after all!
I love this cable pattern. It's super fun to knit and very easy to memorize. I like that I can put it down for days (or longer) and pick it up and start again without loosing my place. The repeats go fast and the fabric is sproingy and soft. I think this is going to be a great bit of clothing for work. I already have a few tank/t-shirt type tops that will work really well under this.
And have I mentioned that I love the colour?