Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cabled Wine Cardigan

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?

3 comments:

  1. It looks so pretty so far!! I love that rich wine colour you chose, it's amazing.

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  2. It looks lovely. The colour is amazing! And I love DB yarn so you can't really go wrong! :)

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  3. I love your pics! I'm just starting this, so your tip about knitting a sleeve first is great. This is my first cabled anything, so here goes...!

    morganfam7 on Ravelry

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