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Mariah cardigan

Posted on 2005.09.04 at 09:12
Current Mood: productiveproductive
This year's big project is the Mariah cardigan from Knitty.com. I've never done cables before, but since my knitting motto is, "Hey, I'll try anything once," I thought I'd give it a go. It's not as hard as I thought it would be.

You start with the sleeves, which is good because sleeves are my nemesis. For some reason, I've always had trouble with sleeves, so it's nice to get them out of the way, first. Also, the sleeves have the heavy cable pattern, which means they go slow. I started two days ago and I'm only about halfway finished with the first sleeve.

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It's about 8 inches wide at the cuff (unrolled) and 10 inches long. I've done the first knotwork repeat and have started the second. I'll probably be at least partly into the third before the sleeve is long enough, and then instead of shaping the cap you put all the stitches on a holder, and then start the other sleeve. Once all the pieces are finished (two sleeves, two fronts, and the back) you work across all the open stitches and start the raglan decreasing for the arms. I've never done that before, either, but anything that makes it so you sew fewer seams when finishing makes me happy.

I'm doing it in Cascade 220, color 4008 (called Ruby some places and Burgundy Heather on other sites). I bought the yarn a while ago, not knowing what I'd make with it, back when red was still my favorite color ever. Now if I chose the color, I'd probably choose a blue-green, but since the yarn works perfectly for this pattern, and since I'm working on cleaning out my stash I decided to go with this. Besides, this is my reward for going back to Iowa over Christmas (since I don't really have any other wool sweaters), and red's a good Christmas color.

I've heard people say that it takes about a month to make if you work on it every day. I don't know how long it will take me--each sleeve will probably be about four days, and then the other pieces are bigger, but they'll go faster since the cable rib pattern is easy to memorize and then you switch to plain stockinette.

I'm also considering making two modifications to the pattern. One, I think I'll make it without a hood, since I rarely wear hoods up and they just kind of get in the way--I've already found instructions for that by other people who didn't want a hood. The second thing I'm considering is a button band instead of a zipper, mainly because I don't have a sewing machine and have no way to put the zipper in. I'll look around to see if anyone else has done that and has advice, but if not I think it'll be easy enough to do on my own.


oh yeah?
sillyboho at 2005-09-04 17:21 (UTC) (Link)
i want to knit a sweater, but the math daunts me.
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