Saturday, January 29, 2011

More on the Waltham Knitalong

I've been working on the Waltham Knitalong. Come join our intrepid ample knitters as we make this beautiful, classic cabled cardigan designed by Kathy Zimmerman and published in the new book, Knitting Plus.

Here's the latest:

I've set up a Waltham KAL group on Ravelry. Please go join the group. We'll be able to post discussions, photos, and more, plus Kathy has agreed to join us there so you can ask her questions directly. If you don't have a Ravelry account, you can sign up for free and enter the wonderful online world of knitters. Frankly, if you don't have a Ravelry account, you don't know what you're missing. So sign up today.

If you don't want to join Ravelry but would still like to participate, please send me an email.

Start your gauge swatch. If you've selected your yarn and would like to get started with your gauge swatch, now you can. Kathy kindly provided us with the gauge swatch information. The pattern specifies the following gauge:
  • DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)
  • 24 stitches and 26 rows = 2 inches in rib pattern
  • US 7 - 4.5 mm
The ribbing stitch pattern is as follows:
K1, P3, K1, *P4, K2, P4, K1, P3, K1; repeat from *
Kathy makes the following suggestion regarding gauge:
I would cast on at least 35 sts and work the beginning 5 sts, then two repeats from * to *. Take the gauge measurement out of the middle area. I usually make a bigger gauge swatch, just to be sure (50 sts would work). Since the finished garments are probably plus-sized, the larger stitch count would yield a more accurate gauge.
This gauge information is available at the Ravelry group page, too.

That's the latest, girls. Just so you know, I'll be blogging about my experiences making the Waltham and give a summary of the KAL in general, so please keep coming back. If you have any questions, just let me know. I hope you'll join us!


  1. I see that some , including myself have started signing up...Fabulous!
    I can't wait to get my yarn and start a swatch.
    The most difficult part for me in this sweater will be reading a charted pattern and doing decreases from that chart.
    Usually I have to sit down for an hour or so and write out the whole chart, because I like to watch tv as I knit. But that bridge will be crossed when I come to it.
    Viva los Cables!!!!

  2. Thanks for the info! I joined the group at Ravelry. Now I need to buy yarn!!! What a tragedy! Hehehe!!!
    Oh, so many choices....

  3. Thanks so much for joining, Pat. Really delighted to have you along for the ride. Can't want to hear what you buy yarnwise. We're all going to have FUN.