Friday, May 25, 2012

Finally! Back to sweater knitting

After my brief foray into shawl knitting, I'm finally back where I belong: knitting sweaters. I started by trying in vain to make the Wrought Iron Cardigan but just couldn't get the neckline to work correctly. Well, it's probably more accurate to say that I couldn't negotiate the charted neckline shaping. I ripped it out three times over three nights and decided life was too short to be so frustrated. The heck with it!

Plan B! I casted on the next night for another of my favorite sweaters: Quenna Lee's Trio Jacket. This beautiful cabled cardi comes in sizes up to 55 inches (the Rav pattern page description is incorrect - the sweater does not go up to 59 inches). It features "a complex cable/leaf/seed stitch pattern with bottom up construction combined with top down sleeves. Short rows are used for the sleeve caps, shoulder sloping, and the collar." 

Quenna made her original sweater in Knit Picks City Tweed Aran, but I decided to use my exquisite Woolen Rabbit Grace instead. OMG, what a yarn! The soft, soft, soft merino! The incredible hand-dyed color! It's just perfect. I'm ruined now for conventional wool yarn; it just makes me yawn. The Grace knits up beautifully and offers surprisingly precise stitch definition, too. The cables really stand out even on this rather dark color.

I'm making some mods to accommodate my particular lumpiness. The pattern features a slight a-line fit, but I'm adding waist shaping instead. I'm also going to see if I can add in an inch of short rows at mighty derriere. I've always been reticent to do this on a cabled sweater, but I think I'll be able to work it out on this one. Stay tuned... I'll be sure to blog about this when I get there.

I'm using more buttons than called for in the pattern; at one-inch, they're also a little smaller than the 1.25-inch buttons spec'd in the design. Etsy, as always, came through with the perfect buttons: nine silver nickel concho beauties from the southwest. I like these buttons because they mirror the diamond shapes in the cables. If you're looking for fantastic buttons, check out ButtonJones on Etsy. Lots of terrific options, particularly if you like cool metal buttons. 
I'm so happy to be back where I belong knitting what I love to knit. It's been too long! I want to get this sweater finished before Ravelympics starts in July. How wonderful to think that I could get at least two great sweaters completed this summer - and who knows? Maybe I'll get another one in there, too.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone! And remember the military members in your life, too. This weekend, I remember my uncle, Captain Charles D. Gage, who  landed in North Africa and fought in the heavy artillery in Italy, France, and Germany. Here is Uncle Chuck with my grandmother, Hattie Klingler Gage, during the war. She was so proud of her eldest son; ultimately, all four of her boys fought in World War II - and all four came home, too. Our family was very blessed; many others were not. This weekend, let's remember all those who fought for our country.


  1. The shawl is lovely, but..I ccan imagine you being bored with all that garter stitch...intricacy is your thing, gal!
    Glad to hear you've gotcha groove back once again.
    As for the Ironclad..blame it on....CHARTS!! LOL.
    Bookmarked that button page..great etsy store.
    Love the new cabled cardigan you are knitting and adore the blue.

  2. julie, that little boy's face is priceless!! i love the button! what interesting buttons! not what you find in the fabric stores! ha good luck on your new sweater...the
    yarn looks beautiful!! i love the cabled leaves! ^)^linda

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  4. I know it seems I've been MIA forever, but, I've been lurking...hehehe
    OMG! That Woolen Rabbit Grace looks absolutely to die for!! The Birch Beer color...swoon! Thanks so much for the link. I'm thinking I need to grab some for when I get the all clear!
    The Trio jacket is great, and I think your color is gorgeous! Can't wait to see your progress!
    Oh and Congrats on finishing "the shawl"...seriously, Congrats! I get all fidgety just thinking about aaallll thoooose stiiiitches...shudder