Thursday, February 11, 2010

Our own personal knit-along

As the Yahoo Ample Knitter's group ponders a spring knit-along, my knitting gal pal, Teresa and I have decided that we're going to move ahead regardless of which pattern the group picks. Our choice: Lisa S. Rowe's Solstice 3-Button Jacket from the latest Curvy Knits.

Teresa will knit her cardi using the prescribed yarn; she ordered Classic Elite Solstice in the beautiful Blue Moon. Meanwhile, I'm going to use the 100% cottom Berroco Pure Pima in Barely Blue. I'll be interested to see how they compare when we're finished.

I've blogged about my proposed mods before, but here they are again:
  1. Extend the placket to the hem and add buttons all the way down.
  2. Remove the yarnovers at the raglan line to simplify the yoke.
  3. Lengthen the sweater. The pattern calls for the sweater to be 23.25 long which is way too short for my taste. I'll make it either 28- or 29-inches long.
  4. Upsize the sweater. The largest finished bust size offered 58.75 inches and I'll need at 62-inch finished bust size.
I'm contemplating using these pretty Danforth Pewter dogwood buttons I bought last year for an abandoned project. They remind me of spring - and boy, do I need some spring! Plus this will be a spring cardigan. Seems fitting.

If you'd like to join us, we'd love to have your company on this knitting journey. My plan is to start in a few weeks after I've finished the Handstrikket and I bet Teresa starts sooner. No big rules... just do what you want. But we'd love to share lessons learned and photos of our progress and projects. And if Ample Knitters selects the 3-Button Cardigan, all the better! If you'd like to participate, leave a message here or email me at


  1. Looking forward! Awaiting the arrival of my newly ordered yarn. I will make a trip into the Windsor Button Shoppe in Boston and choose my many to choose from! Won't be starting it this week or the next...finishing up another long project! looking forward to this.

  2. I fear I can't participate in that one, I have 2 lace shawls to finish, 1 of them is beaded, 1 Sylvi coat half done, 1 crochet stole (I need to prepare the class for that one), 1 afghan about 30 % done, a pair of socks (I need to write the pattern and prepare the class for that one), a pair of tapestry crochet mukluks and a scarf about 2/3 done. That's apart from the fact that I am participating in the Korsnäs sweater CAL. But I hope you all have a lot of fun making this very nice cardi! I'll root for you from the sidelines :)

    (P.S, if anybody is reading this and is from Australia, rooting in America means cheering...)

  3. My goodness, Michele, you take the cake for unfinished projects! I'd love to see these items when you finish. Wish we lived closer... I'd love to come to your classes. That you read my blog everyday is enough for me. Thanks, girl!

  4. I've signed up for the Ample KAL, but started it a bit early on 3/27. It is easier to begin on the weekend, some week-nights I'm just too beat to concentrate. So far so good, I'm up to the Shape Raglan part.
    Helen A (Frency on Ravelry)

  5. Hey Helen,

    Thanks for reading and writing. I'm glad to hear you're going to make the 3-Button Cardi, too. I'm going to go friend you on Ravelry so I can watch your progress. Thanks so much for checking out my blog... I hope you'll keep coming back!