Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waltham Knitalong - the basics

Woo hoo! We've got several intrepid women who are willing to brave the wilds of the Waltham Cabled Cardigan. I'm too old to go hiking or caving, but I'm definitely game for this adventure. Yesterday I talked to the designer, Kathy Zimmerman, and she's willing to provide guidance when necessary so that we don't lose our way.

If you'd like to participate, here's what you need to do:

Pre-order, order, or buy Knitting Plus. The official publication date is March 1 but I suspect this book will pop up in a local yarn store near you in the coming weeks.

Select your yarn. This pattern calls for a DK weight yarn that knits up on size 7 needles (your needles size may vary). The yarn specified in the pattern is Louet Eastport Alpaca Yarn. I'm listing some other options that I might consider for this sweater, but there are many others.

70% alpaca (Huacaya & Suri), 30% merino
150 yards/75g  

50% alpaca, 50% merino
 This is what I'm using for my Waltham.

50% Acrylic/40% Wool/10% Nylon

I might also consider Cascade 220 Sport, Wool of the Andes Sport, Valley Yarns Northfield, or Classic Elite Moorland. But again, there are many, many more. The most important thing is that you can meet the gauge requirement, but you already know that. The gauge requirement is not terribly helpful without the pattern but here it is anyway: 24 stitches and 26 rows = 2 inches in rib pattern.

In terms of yardage, you'll need 1500-2400 yards depending on your size; sizes range from 40¼, 44¼, 48¼, 52¼, 56¼, 60¼ inch finished bust size. I'll be making mine larger than the pattern calls for in the hips. If you need to make alterations to fit you, let me know and we'll figure it out your needed modifications.

By the way, Kathy Zimmerman would be happy to sell you the book - she'll even autograph it for you! - and yarn. She should be able to get you anything you need other than Knit Picks yarn (you'd have to buy that directly from Knit Picks). Call Kathy's Kreations at 724-238-9320 to order.

Get ready to knit! We'll start the KAL in the middle of March; stay tuned for more details. BTW, you will knit at your own pace. This isn't a marathon or a competition. It's just a supportive trek into the knitting wilderness where everyone is promised to come back alive. :-)

Let me know. If you'd like to participate, please leave a comment here or contact me directly at Looking forward to this, intrepid knitting gal pals!


  1. Yes! Please count me in.
    I called Kathy to order my book but she wasn't working today so will try again tomorrow.
    I'm really liking the Wool of the Andes Merlot Heather yarn.
    This is going to be so much fun!!!

    BTW- I like your new profile picture.

  2. Cool! Glad to have you guys on board. Pat, I've got your email already, but could you send me yours, Anne?

  3. Oh, Julie, you're killing me! I have two whole bags of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in a gorgeous deep teal and I love this pattern. I've been trying to knit more seasonally (as in finish projects when I can actually still wear them). My plan was to finish my wool projects, put the rest of the winter knitting away until summer, and start something now for spring/summer wear.
    I was just trying to decide between Snowden Becker's Myrtle Cardigan and Amy Herzog's February Fitted Pullover when I read your blog. Tempting. Very, very tempting. I will have to consider and let you know.

    Shelly G (by the Turnpike)

  4. lol Shelly... so many sweaters, so little time, right? You do what you need to do, but we'd love to have you come along. Which turnpike are you by? If it's PA, all of your PA folks and me will have to rendevous at Kathy Zimmerman's shop in Ligonier one of these days.

  5. I'm tempted too, Julie. I've been pricing the yarn for this project and I might be able to squeeze it into the budget.

  6. Ann, that's great! I'd love to have you along for the ride. Shop for those bargains now...