Saturday, December 8, 2007
I have worn the sweater quite a bit. I love it. The drape is nice. The overall weight is pleasant for when it is chilly. Highly recommend this sweater if you are looking for a very versatile cardigan and aren't afraid of moss stitch. :)
Friday, November 30, 2007
yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 in turquoise
needles: size 7 straights
size: 35.5, but I should have made 34
There are a couple things I'd like to change, but overall I'm happy with it. Enough to wear it in public, anyway. My only real complaints are that mine also turned out a little long and the cuffs are too loose. This is all pretty much due to the fact that I should have made it one size smaller.
Surprisingly, as it turns out, it looks better with the fronts rolling. I even made them roll more to make it slightly smaller. The yarn worked beautifully and is so soft and cushy. I'm quite pleased!
More of the saga of the sweater on ravelry under twiceknit and soon to be on my blog.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Valley Yarns Colrain, color "Chestnut" (109 yards per ball), ~7.2 balls
US 4 Knitpicks Options circular needles (32")
I knit the smallest size. My initial swatching showed that I was almost getting gauge with US 4 needles (the pattern recommends US 7). Instead of trying again on US 3's, I decreased the number of stitches I cast on for each piece to make up the difference. However, I neglected to alter the number of stitches involved in armhole and shoulder shaping, resulting in deeper armholes and narrower sleeve caps than desirable. Luckily both are still workable -- they're just not proportioned as nicely as they could have been. I used short-rows for shoulder shaping and did a 3 needle bind-off for each.
I also chose to add additional length (a half inch) to the fronts and backs (it has been my experience that sweaters are often too short on me if I don't add a couple of inches, at least). This turned out to be a bad idea.
After blocking it was too long/too big looking in general:
I hadn't taken into consideration the drapiness of the fabric or the fact that this cardigan is meant to be worn open over a shirt (and is not fitted at all). It hit in the middle of my butt, and looked like a limp red tent on me. Ooof.
Maddeningly, it looked OK (actually rather nice) with the fronts cinched together like this:
(although the back pooched out strangely around my waist in order to accommodate my buttocks)
I looked for a clasp, but was not happy with the clunky looking overly-fancy ones available, so I sewed on hooks and eyes to keep the fronts closed instead. Unfortunately, this focused too much tension on the hooks/eyes so that the fabric around them pulled rather disturbingly (no photo, sorry).
I took these off and made i-cord frogs, which I sewed to the fronts like this:
While they look nice just sitting there, frankly, they destroyed the minimalist nature of the Minimalist Cardigan (not to mention I attached them a little high, which made me look extremely flat chested and weirdly proportioned, and they looked kind of crooked). Soooooo..... off they came.
I decided that I needed to go ahead and crop the cardigan, or I was never going to get any wear out of it. I picked out the seams toward the bottom of the sweater and lopped several inches off the back and both fronts. Then I put the live stitches onto a needle and worked downward - adding about a half inch of the k2,p1 ribbing before binding off (I know this doesn't match the length of ribbing on the sleeves, but I was afraid of adding back too much length after my surgical escapade). When finished, I reblocked the bottom edge only.
Now, I may be completely batty, but I'm much happier with the way the sweater looks on me! Yay!
I may still add some kind of relatively invisible closure (I was thinking of putting a button or two on the inside of one front edge and a loop or loops on the inside of the other), so that I have the option of wearing my Minimalist Cardigan with the fronts cinched in.
Oh, yes. One last note: the ribbing at the cuffs wasn't tight enough to stay put if I shoved the sleeves toward my elbows a bit (which I am prone to do, and I think this looks better, anyway), so I wove some elastic thread inside each cuff -- much better!
Oops! Not quite done.... I just love the look and feel of this yarn -- it's buttery soft, and the tencel gives it such a nice sheen and drape. Highly recommended!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Your project are great and I thank you for your inspiration.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Just cast on last night. After futile attempts at training myself to k & p continental style in the guage swatch, I am resigned to going slower using English, which my fingers do automatically. I agree it makes sense to go seamless up to the arm holes, so that's the plan. And I am also doubling the band to be able to make a facing and prevent rolling. I'm an impatient blocker, so rolling is always an issue for me... I am COMMITTED to getting this done in time...wish me luck! Photos will come when I have more than 1 inch on the needles....
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
My one worry--like several other people, my stockinette bands are curling like crazy, both horizontally and vertically. People keep telling me that they'll be fine after a good blocking, but I have my doubts...
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Woohoo, I've finished the right front as you can see (sorry for the poor picture quality - apparently, my camera doesn't take to nighttime pictures very well) and those edges are rolling like crazy. I'm hoping they'll flatten out once I wash the pieces, I'll keep my fingers crossed that they do. I'm starting to wish I'd made the 35 1/2 inch size rather than the 39 1/2 because despite getting gauge, I can tell it will be a little big on me. I knew it would be anyway since I have a 37 inch bust but hopefully somewhere in the blocking process, I can get it just the right size.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I cast on for my cardigan about 2 weeks ago. So far, so good. I am up to the arm decreases on the back and had to stop to knit a quick little baby sweater.
Once my hands recover a bit I will get back to it. I am enjoying this project, though I had dreaded the k1p1 repetition.
I am also knitting this in ultra alpaca in the 2nd size up. My gauge was a bit off but as I was between two sizes I think it will work. So far the back is measuring right for the size.
Here is a (poor) photo of progress thus far.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
This is my first KAL, and my first sweater! After knitting many socks and mittens I have decided to make the big leap to sweaterdom. I am knitting the pattern backwards, starting with the sleeves, and am now on the left front piece (saving the big slog of the back for last). I kind of wish I had the foresight to knit the body in one piece up to the armholes, but oh well, too much done now. I am taking Amanda's advice and doing a three needle bind-off at the shoulder seams. Unfortunately, my mom took my camera on a trip to California with her, so no pictures of my new love until next time! But to give you an idea of my mini cardi, I am knitting with elsebeth lavold's Classic AL Garnet on US 6 needles, and my oh my is it lush. I can't wait until I can wear it!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
That's my instant-gratification self-portrait.. I'm hoping my boyfriend can take some more detailed pictures for me soon, and those will show up on my blog.
This was a fun, quick, and fairly easy project! Right now I'm missing having it to knit on while I read for my classes.
Monday, September 24, 2007
This was such an enjoyable project. (Never did I think I would say that about so much moss stitch!) I used just over 7 skeins of Louet Riverstone in the French Blue color to make the largest size. The sleeve length was a bit of a surprise, I somehow thought it was going to come to just below my elbow. It may the usual problem of pattern writers thinking that the fatter you are, the longer your arms are.
Because my pattern pieces were somewhat distorted, I blocked them all before sewing up. Live stitches at the top of the shoulders would have been a good idea but the seam turned out very tidy anyway. I think the blocking also helped reduce the curling on the lapel.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Dec 1 st each end of needle every fourth RS row 0 (0, 2, 2, 0, 0) times.
BO 0 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3) sts at beg of next two rows.
I'm knitting the second size, so I wouldn't have to decrease every fourth row. So I can just skip that little bit entirely, right? And just go right on to BO 2 on the next row? The fact that the first bit doesn't say something like, "For sizes 39.5 and 43.5 only" is throwing me off.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This project is going fast, despite the moss stitch getting a tad bit tedious at times! I've completed the back and the right front, and am about half way done with one sleeve. It's been smooth sailing so far, though in reading other posts, I kind of wish I'd left the shoulder stitches live to do a three-needle bind-off. Live and learn, I suppose!
This RYC Cashsoft Aran in Aubergine had been sitting in my stash for almost a year. The color doesn't register well on-screen, unfortunately, but this is shaping up to be a highly wearable knit!
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm going to follow Amanda's lead & do the 3-needle bind off. Why seam when you don't have to. Not sure about short row shoulders - help - that is new to me.
Thanks for the help all - this KAL should help keep me on track!
ravelry: Arctic Knitter
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I can't wait to begin and I hope there are still some of you working on yours by the time I get started!
I'll be using Cascade Lana D'Oro in a dark purple tweed.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I'm very happy with the finished sweater, though I think I'll be adding a clasp to mine (a la Bronwyn). I should have known, as open sweaters/jackets/shirts never really drape properly on my body -- the fronts just flop open and hang at the sides. Looks good here, but I don't expect the sweater to behave when I'm actually moving!
Here's a closer picture of one of the short row, three-needle bind-off shoulders (see the previous post's comments for an embarrassingly long explanation of how I did that (sorry, Holly Jo!).
I have a very long project post about this on my blog, if anyone wants all the gory details. I've got a couple other pictures over there, too.
I'm not sure I would have finished this in the time frame that I did if I didn't have this KAL for motivation and inspiration (moss stitch for an English style knitter is tedious). Thanks, everyone!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Hey Amanda - would you mind sharing about short rows on the shoulders? I am struggling wrapping my mind around it? Not numbers or anything, just general idea. Thanks!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
So, I have one sleeve left to go (I'm about 30 rows into it). I sew as I go (so I don't have to do it all at once), and here's what I've got:
The body of the sweater is a little bit tight, but the moss stitch fabric is so stretchy, I expect it to relax a bit in the wash. And hopefully, those tubes o' stockinette will relax a bit, too!
Barring disaster, I expect to really love this once it's finished. Which is good, because I'd have a hard time choking down my veggies (ie, knitting this sleeve) otherwise.
I don't know how the rest of you are doing on yardage, especially since everyone is subbing for the recommended yarn. My size calls for 8 balls, I ordered 9, and I'll be using a large chunk of that 9th ball. Granted I added a little length to the body of the sweater (about 1/2-3/4"), but I think I would have gone over 8 balls even if I had followed the pattern exactly.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
This is my first time blogging, ever, and my 6 year old took the pictures, so please forgive the quality. Thanks for letting me join your group!
My dear friend gave me 10 balls of Rowan Handknit DK in a lovely blue. The Minimalist Cardigan pattern seemed just right for it. It looked like a summery shape, and I thought that cotton would be a good fit for it. I really love the pattern. However, when I knitted my swatch in seed stitch, I thought that it looked too grandmotherly or washcloth-y in the cotton, if you know what I mean. So, like bobbi, I switched the body to stockinette, and the band to seed stitch.
I'm happy with the way it came out, but I do want to knit it again in the original pattern with something like Debbie Bliss Alpaca silk. I'm using a hair pin to keep it closed up top, but really like that clasp that Bronwyn (the prolific knitter) used on hers.
I thought this was a fun, easy, quick knit, but I'd change a few things. I'd either make the sleeves longer or shorter, they just aren't elbow length on me, and look like I just made a mistake knitting the sleeves. I also think that I'd do the smaller size (did the 351/2 bust), but I think it looks a little big on me. However, I do have a terrible history of shrinking my handknit sweaters, so maybe it will work out in the long run.
Anyway, thanks for letting me join your knit a long, and when I get some Alpaca Silk, I'll start posting my next Minimalist Cardi.
Friday, September 7, 2007
I cast on for this sweater last week but I have already arrived at an existential crisis. I'm not sure I am going to like the sweater in the yarn I'm using. It seems to me this sweater wants to be a cute, slightly sophisticated city piece, and I am starting to suspect that knit in 100% wool like this it may come out rougher and more rural. Looking through everyone else's pictures of this pattern on Ravelry it appears that this sweater looks nice and crisp in a yarn that has more shine and less furriness. I'd like to ask others who are knitting this in 100% wool what their experience is. I like the yarn fine; I'm just not crazy about putting all the work into a sweater that I'm not going to wear the way I wanted to. Opinions very welcome.
More on my blog.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Also, here's a picture of the finished back.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Well, the biggest slog is over. I finished the back on Saturday. It is somewhat distorted but I think blocking will fix that.
Since I didn't want the bottom edge of the stockinette sections to curl, I made a slight modification to the pattern. Instead of beginning the front with K18, I just K3 so the edge roll would be consistent and then began with the ribbing.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
So how much ease are you incorporating into your cardigans? I'm a 36" bust, so I can do the 35.5" with negative .5" ease, or the 39.5" with positive 3.5" ease. At first I was leaning towards the larger size, because the schematic looks like the finished size incorporates the gap in the front, but then I did the math and it looks like the finished size is only the amount of fabric. So now I'm leaning towards the smaller size! But I figured I'd ask around for some reassurance before I actually cast on and make a commitment. (For the record, I have gauge.)
I started knitting the mini cardi last weekend. I'm about 9" into the back. I'm using Andean Silk in Barn Red from Knitpicks. I can't wait to finish it, though I probably won't be able to wear it until November! (I'm in GA, and we just ended a month-long stretch of 100+ degree days.)
So far I like the pattern. A bit redundant, but I do like the texture of the moss stitch.
Here is a picture of my progress:
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Yes, I've started knitting the fronts of the cardigan. And that edge? Rollin'. The side edge isn't that bad, which surprises me (in a good way), but the bottom edge is really flipping-up (and not in a good way). Part of this may be because I can't leave well enough alone and started my knitting with a WS row, instead of a RS row as instructed in the pattern (I think it makes the cast-on edge look nicer). I don't know if this will block itself out once I've finished the sweater, or if I'll be figuring out some way to stop the rolling at the bottom of the fronts (the rolling at the sides doesn't bother me like I thought it would). I already have a few ideas in mind, so I'm not too worried if it comes to that.
Despite the rolling, it's really nice to have some stockinette to knit now...all moss stitch, all the time is a little tedious!
I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I finally received my fall IK just last week and was immediately taken with this pattern. I had some yarn on hand for an abandoned project and it seemed like fate. I've knit about 5" of the back so far.
I'm using Morehouse Farm Merino 2-ply in "Olive." This yarn is considered sport weight and since it is a lighter weight than the pattern suggests, I'm following the pattern as written for the 43 1/2" and hoping to get around 38". (Sort of what Bronwyn did, only in reverse.)
I'm looking forward to watching all of your sweaters grow!
Monday, August 27, 2007
I look forward to seeing everyones FOs.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Started: August 6, 2007
Finished: August 17, 2007 (though I initially was going to install a zipper, but settled on this clasp today to maintain the soft lines of it.)
Pattern: This should be obvious. ;)
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran in Venetian, a dark plummy brown. My gauge was off, so I made the smallest size to accomodate the yarn. It worked perfectly, in my opinion.
Notes: The rolled edges are actually nice. All while knitting it, I was suspicious... would I end up with knit tubing framing the girls? It does roll a little at the edges, but that just makes it softer (in both looks and feel) and the more pronounced rolling at the bottom is perfect for letting a bit of lace ruffle peek out from this otherwise staid cardigan. When I wear this, I feel very scholarly. *grin*
I hope y'all out there have a similarly wonderful experience with your Minis. This sweater is very versatile, and I think you'll find yourself wearing it all the time...!
I'm not as concerned about the vertical edge of the band rolling because I think that would almost give it a finished look, but I don't want the bottom to roll out.
Anonymous commented on the last entry that they were thinking of double knitting. I would like to know more about that.
Is it cheating to move onto the sleeves until a concensus has been reached on this? How is it going, Bronwyn?
Friday, August 17, 2007
I'm very curious to see how people handle the collar -- I had a pretty strong negative reaction when I got my issue of IK and saw that the edges are stockinette...I really want to see how other people fare (I worry that those edges will roll something fierce!).
Hi! If you've sent a request for and invitation and haven't heard from me please resend it. Just as I was clicking "delete all spam messages" this morning I saw a request for an invite, but it was too late and it was gone.
Sorry for the hasty deleting!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Well, that's it for my first post here. Thanks for having me.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I am using Cascade Sierra, which is a 80/20 cotton/wool blend, in colorway 60, a chocolate brown. I really like working with this yarn (made a few baby items with it) and had enough in my stash to give this a try.
I just love the look of moss stitch and I, too, am a continental knitter and find it to be fun and interesting to knit. I'll post a picture as soon as I have enough to be interesting (and good daylight).
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Just joined your KAL. Looking forward to knitting the cardigan with all of you. I'll have to go sniff my yarn and pick out which one to use.
I have been knitting socks, baby booties, and baby blanket so far ...haven't attempted a sweater yet. I may need some help and advice from some of you. My blog,
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Also, the sleeves increase a lot right about the ribbing, and while I like it on the model, it looks very blouse-y. I'll keep it, but I just thought you should know before you get there that there is no gentle increasing outward, just one free-for-all 16 stitches increased in one row. So, you may want to increase slowly along the seam line if that's more your style.
(Oh, and the sleeves aren't going to be elbow length on anyone who isn't 6' tall. As written, it's a 3/4 length sleeve on me.)
I hope to get this puppy done and put together pretty quickly, but sleeves are not my thing so I may end up lagging behind in the end~!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Originally uploaded by The Prolific Knitter
I'm really enjoying knitting my Mini Cardi, in Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran. my gauge was a little large, but I did the math and am knitting the smallest size, to have it even itself out at 37-38". (which is the perfect size!)
I'm knitting mine all in one piece up to the armpit, which I am at now, so it's time to divide for the fronts and back. I expect this will be a quick knit due to the bulkier gauge. I generally knit sweaters in dk weight... these size 7s feel huge!
I have a good reason to hurry, I have the Malabrigo coming to knit the Placed Cables sweater from the same issue. I want to have a slew of new sweaters for fall! (I thought it was nice how you have a line of matching stitches where the fronts meet the back, so it looks like there's a seam, when there really isn't! Too cool!)