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Parade of Finished Objects Part 2: Livingstone

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Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for:

yes, my shirt has a cowl neck...

This is Livingstone, born from a sudden sweater impulse and much anxiety over yarn amounts. Seriously, I think I wavered over weather I had enough yarn for three or four posts. It was getting ridiculous. Of course, it was only after I finished that I remembered that I wasn’t using two whole skeins of Cascade Eco like I thought I was; I had used some of the second skein to knit a border on a sweater for my mother…woops. I ended up using literally all of my yarn- I was snipping extra long ends to finish making the last I-cord for the button loops.

the back

Still, I would say that this sweater was definitely a success. Due to the above-stated small amount of yarn, I had to cut several rows out of the deep shawl collar, but I think it looks just fine.¬†And it certainly is as comfy as it looks. The buttons were cheap-o ones from Hancock Fabric, but I think they’re simple enough to fit the overall look of the sweater. And I’m the one who matters ūüėČ

the front, lying flat

The intense cabling looks stunning, and I’m really proud of myself for sticking with the pattern. Especially after I realized that I had mis-crossed the FIRST ROW of cables on the back after knitting another inch. I dropped stitches and re-crossed, and it really, really looks perfect.

oh god, the back got complicated...but I can't see any mistakes on the finished object!

The biggest problems I had with the sweater probably have more to do with the platform it was published on than the actual pattern. It was from the last issue of Interweave Knits Magazine (Winter 2011), and I think the act of squeezing the pattern into the format ¬†created some problems. The charts were quite small, and I wish that I had the forsight to scan them in and blow them up so that I wasn’t constantly looking up and squinting at the chart. There were a couple of times were it was a little vague, but I muddled through. Finally, the design schematic was, to me, kind of hard to understand. I talked about all of these issues in A LOT of detail in past posts, though, so I don’t want to dwell on them here.

obligatory awkward mirror shot. I think my tooth brush is in almost every FO shot that I've ever done!

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Can’t talk now

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I am so freaking close that I can feel that finished sweater. Netflix is up. Yarn needle is sewing. I CAN FEEL IT!!!!

front. ignore the ends- I kind of forgot that the purl was on the outside as I was knitting it.

back

Awkward bathroom shots from yesterday of my Livingstone Cardigan.

What I’m working on…now

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So, as I showed off in the last post, my big project, the Livingstone Cardigan, is sitting on my floor blocking. Wet blocking and chunky wool will take another day or two to finish drying, so in the mean time I’m not giving much thought to it. Well, I am worrying about my yardage. It would literally take a miracle for me to finish this cardigan without buying another skein of wool. And because I’m using Cascade Eco, which comes in 250g skeins, I really would like to avoid that…The yarn is widely available, and I know my LYS here (I’m at home, not at school) has it, but I don’t remember ever seeing it at the LYS up there. Hopefully, I’ll know FOR ABSOLUTELY SURE that I need another skein BEFORE I go back…this coming weekend.

mostly finished hat

While I was waiting for the blocking to finish, I decided to cast on another hat. In keeping with my resolution to knit more from sources (books, mags, etc.) that I already own, I picked up the Edge of Lace Hat from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. Of course, I had to make it with my own twist. Part of that twist is that I *forgot* (sheepish) to do the little garter stitch border that goes around the lace portion. Woops. I didn’t notice that until it was already on the floor, wet blocking next to the sweater, so that’s just plain out the window. The pattern also told you to just stop knitting and do a 3 needle BO instead of a crown, which I was not about to do. I made up some decreases that seem like they turned out OK. It fit my head, at least! You can check out my ravelry project page for the exact decrease pattern I used, it was pretty simple.

just a wee bit left

All in all, this hat was a pretty great stash-buster. It used just a wee bit less than the 45g of Paton’s Classic Wool that I had left over from my Nantes hat. I don’t think that I’ll keep it for myself, but I’m trying to start a drawer of knits that can be used for gifts if I *forget* about another occasion, so I think I’ll just drop it in there after it gets off the floor and I get some actual beautiful pictures.

about an inch of ribbing, and the color is pretty true! now if I could just have remembered to lean back so that my shadow didn't show so much...

Speaking of beautiful pictures, I wish I had a FO SO BADLY today because it’s the first day in a while that it is bright and sunny and beautiful outside. Instead, all I have is this picture of some ribbing. It’s going to be the brim of a new hat design that I’m working on. I know that it’s going to be a slouchy hat knit using some Cascade Alpaca Lana D’Oro (50% Alpaca, 50% Wool) that I picked up at my LYS a couple of weeks ago. Still, about every five minutes I change my mind about the stitch pattern. I’m pretty sure that I want there to be some sort of twisting/traveling stitches (tentative title- ‘Twist and Slouch’), but I can’t decide how many. Plus, I have swatches from two other options blocking on my floor. The top part has a garter stitch background, but the bottom is only reverse stockinette. I like how the stitches in the garter pop so much, but I think the reverse stockinette has a simplicity that’s also charming. Any ideas?

top=garter, bottom=reverse stockinette. thoughts?

Sunday…blocking

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As you may have guessed from the title, the Livingtone Cardigan has practically been knitting itself. In fact, it’s been going so well that, since my last post on it, I’ve finished the second front and BOTH sleeves. This morning, I got around to blocking it.

blocking on my floor...you may be able to tell that I got a little lazy on the sleeves. Whatever, they'll live.

Remember how I was¬†complaining¬†about the schematics in my last post? Well, you can take this as me still complaining about them. On the schematics, there is a 1/4 inch difference between the height of the sleeve shaping on the back and then on the right side (the left isn’t even pictured…). On mine, the difference is MUCH bigger. With blocking, I’ve fudged them to be even, but the fudging was much more on the front then the back. Not to mention that NEITHER of mine got up to over 8 inches- I think they’re about 7 3/4 inch tall, which should be fine for my arms. I didn’t have to pull the back at all to get it to fit the right size, but the fronts had to be pulled out a lot. I don’t THINK my guage changed at all, but it’s the only possible explanation that I have.

Cable detailing on one of the fronts. Left? Right? Right, I think...

Remember, I ended up going down a needle size but then up a pattern size to¬†accommodate¬†it. After blocking, I’m starting to get a little worried. I have a 34″ bust on the mark, but I would like a little ease from this roomy cardigan. Still, the modeled shot has the toggle-button-things closing the cardigan right under the bust. I’m really petite, so I’ll probably have the room I’ll need down there. Hopefully, it won’t look like I’m shooting out of the cardigan!

Livingstone Cardigan

On the other hand, I am almost absolutely certain that I will run out of yarn. I only have about 60g of Cascade Eco left, and I still need to do the really, really deep button band and shawl collar. I’ve been perusing ravelry, and it doesn’t look like there are any leftovers that I can purchase in the right colorway. If anyone has any extra brown Cascade Eco lying around and is willing to donate (seriously, I probably need less than 100g), it would save me from having to purchase another whole 250g skein from the yarn store!

Edge of Lace Hat

While I’m waiting for the sweater to dry (which may be a while…) I think I’ll probably run off a quick hat. In keeping with my New Year’s Resolution to knit more from pattern books that I already own, I’ll probably try the Edge of Lace Hat from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. It is by Cheryl Oberle, who has written a ton of books that I may have to take a closer look at if this hat comes out well. Lord knows what yarn I will use. Looking at the pictures in the book, it looked like a normal hat with some lace detailing. After taking a closer look at the pattern, you knit the hat, and then, instead of decreases, you just do a three needle BO. Of course, the picture in the book just cuts off the crown, so I had no idea. I’m glad I sneaked a peak at the pattern, because now I know that I’m going to improvise some decreases of my own. You know,¬†forewarned¬†is¬†forearmed.

WIP Wendsday

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So, I’ve finally gotten a chance to cast on some really, really selfish knitting. As you may remember, I have been gushing about my plans for the Livingstone Cardigan from the last issue of Interweave Knits for what feels like forever. I cast on way back before the new year, and, except for a sick day where I couldn’t bring myself to do anything more than stare at the TV screen, I’ve been knitting away on it. The new drop in temperature (I’m pretty sure it dropped 30 degrees overnight) really has me pushing for my new, cozy sweater (Don’t tell me that the finishing/blocking stage will take forever. I WILL WEAR IT AND BE WARM!). In fact, due to the chunky wool (I’m using Cascade Eco), I’ve already finished the back…

you're just going to have to deal with bad, indoor pictures today. It's 20 degrees outside. I don't love you THAT much!

The right front…

right front

and started on the left one.

just a wee bit of the left front

It’s going pretty well, although have run into a couple of problems. Because Eco is a really light chunky wool (some people even use it as a worsted), I wanted to use size US10 needles instead of the required 10 1/2. It took me a bunch of time staring at the strange diagram in the magazine, but I was pretty sure that I would only need to go one size up to get gauge. Still, I commented on the pattern on ravelry to see if anyone had any suggestions for me, and the designer (Amy Miller) replied by that afternoon, which was pretty impressive!

so, apparently the numbers at the bottom are the length of the BACK, not the back and front like it looks like. Who would've thought?

I’ve noticed that the pattern is written a little…oddly… at times. I don’t think I’ve ever knitted an entire sweater from a printed magazine, so it might just be the printers trying to save space, but I had gotten confused. This honestly isn’t my first sweater. Plus, those intricate cables? Those charts are pretty damn small! I’ve been using one of the see-through highlighter post-it tab things that I use to mark pages in my history books to keep track of which line of the pattern I’m on. It’s been working pretty well, as long as I remember to move it up after every row ūüėČ

can you read what it says? because sometimes I swear I can't!

Although for some reason, my armhole decreases on my right front are almost an inch shorter than the ones on the left. I’m not sure why; I’ve gone through the pattern and my knitting, and I don’t think I made any mistakes. From what I can tell from the crazy-ass schematics in the magazine, they should only be 1/4 inch off. Hopefully I’ll be able to fudge it during the blocking stage.

can you tell the difference? I swear it's a solid inch...

The only other concern I have is how much yarn I have. I ripped all of the yarn from my old Slouch Rib Cardigan (which did not fit AT ALL- good riddance), and I found the 100g I had left over from that. Hopefully that will be enough. I’ve been stalking ravelry to see if anyone has any ends that could match my yarn, but I’ve long since lost the ball band. This is why I should ALWAYS write down the colorway and dye lot on ravelry. Urgh. I really don’t have to buy another skein- they’re 250g each, and most LYS’s and even online stores sell them for $20. That’s certainly not bad, but I would hate to have to invest that much for the little I think I’m going to end up using. Plus, I bet the dye lot won’t be very close… Oh well. Such is life.

detail on the cableing

FO Friday

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I finally finished something in time to do a FO Friday! Yeah!

Nantes Hat, a late X-Mas/B-day gift for a friend

For those of you who haven’t guessed, I finally finished my Nantes Hat from the last issue of Interweave Knits. I used cheap-o Patons Classic Wool (100% Wool) in a light green color from my stash, which, although it is slightly scratchy, really showed off the intense cable and lace patterning. I’m happy to report that, despite what the weather channel said, today is sunny and is in the low 60’s. Therefore, good pictures! The color is pretty much dead on. Enjoy!

close-up on the detailing

Although I’m pretty happy with this project, there are a couple of things I might do a little differently if I do it again. First, does anyone remember how excited I was that the decreases continued the pattern? Yeah, well it turns out that there are about 5 rounds way at the top of the hat that need to be cabled, where she didn’t add any decreases. As you can probably tell, it looks pretty ridiculous when flat. You pretty much can’t tell at all when it’s on, but if I made the pattern again I would probably do something about it. Also, I’m not quite sure what the switching from size 6’s to 8’s after a couple of inches of the pattern did. I’m sure it didn’t hurt the hat, but I didn’t have a good size 6 circular needle around, so I was using one where the cable part just didn’t want to loop correctly, so it took FOREVER…and I now realize it was pretty¬†unnecessary. Oh, well.

In other news, I turned this…

slouch-rib cardigan

Into this…

I was going to take them outside to get some good pictures, but then you lose the perspective of how many little balls of yarn there are...

That was my Slouch Rib Cardigan out of Cascade Eco. I talked all about how it didn’t fit a couple of weeks ago. Now its about a dozen balls of differing sizes of solid brown wool. I’m looking forward to making the Livingstone Cardigan, a cozy, cabled sweater again out of the last issue of Interweave Knits, sometime soon from it. Hopefully I won’t run out. It’s a pretty popular yarn, so I’ll probably be able to find some in a pretty close colorway somewhere if I do. I can always use that for the collar/button band and call it a contrasting color!

But before I do that, I’ve cast on something new. Can you guess what it is? Here’s a hint: I’m trying to use the Knitting Pattern books I own more…I’m not sure if that is going to help you very much, but good luck guessing. I wish I could give out a prize, but as a poor college student (who hand-made most of her Christmas Gifts) all I can give out is kudos!

something new...

For my christian readers, have a Merry Christmas, may my Jewish friends have a Happy Hanukah, and let whoever I’ve forgotten have a happy holiday season!

Ghosts of Sweaters Pasts part 1: Slouch Rib Cardigan

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I think, because the temperature has finally dropped, I’m feeling the need to do some real sweater knitting. Still, as a thrifty college student, I can’t exactly go out and buy sweater quantities of yarn every time I feel like it, so I thought I would take a look back at some of my sweater fails, and maybe do some ripping.

Awkward, squinting into the sun shot. Sorry.

Today, let’s talk about my Slouch Rib Cardigan. This was a free pattern from interweave, and I was attracted to the boxy, slouchy, comfortable shape that it presented.

Button band shot. I'm definitely keeping the buttons- I got them on sale somewhere, and they're very nice!

I made the cardigan in mid 2009, and I was pretty new to sweater knitting. I didn’t really understand yarn weights and guage differences very well, so when I subbed the bulky yarn the pattern calls for with Cascade Eco in a natural brown, I didn’t really know what would happen. Eco is a rather strange yarn- it can pretty much either be knit as a tight worsted or a more lofty chunky weight. I didn’t really think to adjust for that, so my guage came out a little bit off. Also, I didn’t really understand ease, so I think the pattern would have been MUCH better if I had gone up a size. Either way, my cardigan is way to short- it looks like a crop top (which makes me look a little…pudgy)! There’s something off with the shoulder seams, too. I can feel the whole sweater pulling on them when I wear it. I guess that’s probably a size/guage issue, though. I think it says a lot about the pattern that a novice like me figured it out enough to make the sweater relatively quickly with the only real mistakes being on my end.

up close of the shoulder

This sweater is definitely going in the frog pile. As of now, all it does is sit in a drawer in my room at home, where I’ll never wear it. I would much rather make use of the yarn, either for knitting OR wearing enjoyment. I think I said this before, but I’m really excited about making the Livingstone Cardigan in the last issue of Interweave Knits. It’s a cozy cabled cardigan with a shawl collar. I’m probably going to do some swatching before I start, though. After browsing ravelry for a while, I think might go down a needle size from what the pattern calls for, and then just go up a couple of pattern sizes to get the right fit for me (math…urgh). I think it’ll need to be a bit of a denser fabric to get the kind of crisp cables that I want.

socky sock!

As for current knitting, I’ve got a bunch of things blocking on the floor, so stay tuned for some finished object/design posts! And the Wavy Toes socks are zooming down the needles- I’m working on the gusset of the first sock already. I think they’re looking pretty good!