Friday, October 26, 2007

No seams, no curling, no ribbing

I got started last night and I did decide to do fronts and back together with not side seam. I think the only way this might give me any trouble is in blocking, and this will need a good blocking because even my gauge swatched biased a lot. I'm also nixing the ribbing at the bottom. Moss stitch doesn't curl and I don't really want it drawn in there, so I just started right in with the moss stitch. I'll probably put rib on the cuffs, though. The other mod I'm making is with the stockinette bands. I'm making them twice as wide and will fold it in half when done, so it will have a facing and not curl. I'm using a DK weight yarn that really is knitting much more like a sport weight, so it won't be too thick there. The only thing I'm worried about is if I'll have enough yarn. Since I'm using a different weight I didn't know for sure how much to buy, and then I'll use more with doubling the bands. I hope I'll have enough!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

new to the KAL

Hi! I'm Harrison (twiceknit in the blog world). I just stumbled upon this KAL yesterday. How did I miss it?? I'm making it in turquoise Karabella Aurora 8. I'm not really sure I love it in the yarn (the yarn and I aren't really getting along--it's already been one sweater that got frogged), but it really shows the moss stitch.

I love the pattern, though. I cast on last month and sailed along on the back, but the fronts seem to be taking me forever. And then I still have the sleeves! It's finally getting cold in my neck of the woods, so maybe that will motivate me to finish. I can't wait to wear it!

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


Has anyone made this fronts and back altogether so that it is seamless at the sides? Is there any reason it shouldn't be done that way?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Moving Right Along

Penny really wanted to make an appearance in this knit along since she's sure this sweater is at least 2% corgi fur. I'm into the right front now and moving at a nice pace. The three-needle bind off went well, thanks for the great instructions Amanda!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

They won't stop rolling!

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

Finished back!

This is a fun knit, it's so easy to do while watching TV that I haven't been able to make myself switch between projects. Hopefully the rest of the pieces go as smoothly as the back and I don't run out of yarn!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Intro and progress photo

I was so giddy to find a knit-along for this sweater but I almost considered not joining just because it seems like whenever I join a knit-along, I never finish the sweater. However, I've given myself a deadline of October 20th to finish so you can hold me to that. I'm nearly finished with the back, just working on the last few inches and then I'll be ready for the final decreases and to bind off. I'm knitting it in Cascade 220 Superwash in color #855 which they call maroon but like Ron Weasley and as a fellow redhead, I'm not fond of the idea of maroon and I prefer to consider it more of a "brick" color. I love how it's turning out so far, the texture is yummy and the moss stitch really isn't as tedious as I thought it was going to be. Oh, and take a look at my needles in the picture - they've turned red from the yarn.

on the sticks and growing

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

Finally some photos

Hi. I finally got my camera back. And here is my lovely cardigan, in pieces.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Hello all.
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!

New member

I'm Kate and I'm making the cardigan with Berroco ultra alpaca on US7 needles. I cast on today while staying home sick and I've made some good progress. I think I may try the three needle bind off at the shoulders since I don't like seaming much. This is my first knit-a-long so I'm excited to get tips and watch every one's progress.

I blog here long dog knits

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


I love my finished sweater! It's so warm and comfy. I foresee it being worn over a long-sleeved henley once it gets cool.. For now I've been wearing it around the house and such, because it's always cold indoors even when it's really hot outdoors.

Completed Minimalist Cardigan

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.