A Cardigan for Arwen KAL

The Knit-Along for A Cardigan for Arwen by Kate Gilbert from Interweave Knits, Winter 2006. Come join the Fellowship!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The hem is now done

I tried doing several rows of seed stitch below the edge of the cable band, but I just didn't like the look of it.

Instead, I have worked 1 row of knitting (actually just the row where I picked up all 190 stitches across the cable), then used a knit two together bind off on the WRONG side of the work to get this hem edge.

Part of the problem with the seed stitch was that when I started to bind it off, it looked like a ruffle below the cable band, definately NOT what I was going for! (my daughter is just not the ruffle type)

This edge I like. Using this bind off was new to me, and doing it from the wrong side was just serendipity, so as usual, my sweater knitting is a basically a "happening".

Now its on to picking up the stitches along the top edge and start knitting the body of the sweater.

Monday, May 14, 2007

I'm Maroon!! I'm Maroon!!

Cardigan for Arwen

Ignore the dorky face, I was staring into the sun, LOL.

Anyway, I finished her last week, seamed her up last friday, and then she took 5 days to dry. So I finally got around to taking pictures tonight, and I actually wore her to Kohl's. LOVE LOVE LOVE this sweater!! Especially because it is my first sweater I ever made!!

I obviously made some modifications, you can see the details on my blog!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Slow but still working.....

I have finished the cable band that will be the bottom edge of the sweater.

Since I'm working on about 10 things at once, this seemed to take forever. The last 6 inches went much faster since at that point the pattern suddenly made sense to me and I was able to fly along through the cabling (that bodes well for the rest of the work -- I hope!)

So now I'm picking up stitches along the bottom for a "hem", tho' not the one the pattern has you do.

There is hope that this will be done for Christmas!!

back in blue!

startoverWell, teal, probably, but that doesn't make a good post title. Hi! Sorry I was gone so long, but my Arwen yarn was just not working out. Too thick, too pilly, wrong color. So I embarked on a massive search for the right yarn, found the right color in the wrong fiber, the right gauge in the wrong color, the right yarn on the wrong continent, etc. I finally settled on this Zara merino from my LYS which does not have the right gauge, so now I have to re-math everything, always fun. It is nice and stretchy - perhaps even stretchy enough to hide a miscalculation or two.

But I have finally cast on, and am making fairly good progress. Changes to this pattern thus far:
  • as you may recall, I hate, hate, hate seaming (never sew when you can knit!), so I'll be making it in one piece.
  • Also, while the finished sweaters all look just fantastic, I've decided I don't want the hem on mine, so I have an inch of seed stitch at the bottom instead.
  • I also decided to include some shaping, inspired by the math4knitters podcast.
  • That backward-loop cast-on made grafting the sleeve together a total nightmare. Provisional cast-on, from here on out.
  • And I am seriously considering leaving off the hood, but I still have some time to decide on that.
So! Again I apologize for my long absence, but there really was nothing to report, just a lot of teeth-gnashing. I've got about two inches knit so far, and will post an image of the seed-stitch border in a few days.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Well I finished her, seamed her up and she is currently blocking. With and arm span of 6 feet. Ummmm isn't that a bit big? I mean I am 5'9 but 6 feet??? I am freaking out a bit. I blocked it according to what it should be for my size, except for the upper arm which I added 2 inches too. It is also 2 inches longer, which I did on purpose. But 6 FEET???

I am going to be worried about this sweater until it is full dry and I can try it on.

This is my first sweater ever. I have been working on her since January. If this fails I don't know what I will do!!!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Photo Shoot, Take Two

I love my Arwen so much, and my earlier post doesn't show it off very well. I should have waited and taken pictures outside, but I was excited to be finished and wanted to let everyone know. So, I went ahead and took some more pictures on Wednesday, and they show my Arwen much better. I also posted more to my blog and gave additional details, including more about the i-cord neckline.