Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Deb's Cardigan KAL starts this week

Are you ready for some knitting? If you're like me, you've waited all summer for the Deb's Cardigan KAL to begin. Where's your knitting bag? The yarn? The pattern? Your needles? What is it again? Need a reminder? Here are the particulars:

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet which is fortunate since our pattern has three names: Deb's Cardigan aka A-Line Plus Cardigan #625 aka Top-Down A-Line Plus Cardigan. Fortunately, they're all the same pattern and you can download yours at Patternfish.

The pattern comes in bust sizes from 46 to 64 inches, although the design is available for misses and tween sizes, too, so everyone is welcome to knit along with us. You'll need between 1400 and 2800 yards of a worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Ella Rae Worsted, or Patons Classic Wool. Go raid your stash. I bet you already have enough to make this sweater in that back closet!

Deb's Cardigan offers a host of modification opportunities, such as changing up the sleeve length and body length - with specific instructions provided right within the pattern. MissMouse just finished her beautiful rendition in white with long sleeves and toggle buttons. I love it!

And Hazelanne's gray 3/4-length sleeve version personfies elegance. She looks terrific.

Besides getting the materials together, you also need to join the Ravelry Deb's Plus-Size Cardigan KAL group where over 70 other interpid knitters have already signed up. You'll get all the help you need from these fine women and if you don't need the help, you'll have some great gals to yak with anyway. Deb Gemmell, the talented designer, will also drop by from time to time to answer questions and provide support, too.

I started my Deb's Cardigan this weekend. I'm using Araucania Nature Wool from my stash (I know, don't faint!) in a gorgeous emerald green that reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. I've simplified the collar and plackets to a standard 2x2 ribbing and have eliminated the holes around the raglan increases. My plan is to create a classic collared cardigan that accentuates the beautiful kettle-dyed yarn.

Moosie recently modeled the buttons and swatch for my sweater. This is a repeat photo but he's so cute, I can't resist showing it again. :-)

So I hope you're ready for some knitting! Join our Deb's Cardigan KAL today. If you have any questions, just ask.

1 comment:

  1. All swatched and...I'm Ready Eddie !!!!