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Another use for all that lace yarn in your stash

I just finished my latest project...


I loved using double-stranded lace yarn on my Tempest cardigan, and there are so many good colors of Shadow that I wanted to try something similar but at a lower price point. I already had a ball of Shimmer in Cumulus in my stash, and I thought it might go nicely with another favorite, Shadow in Basalt Heather. I swatched them together a few different ways to see if my idea would work, washed the swatches, then got down to business.


I knit a basic raglan sweater in the round using two strands of Shadow held together. Every 6th row, I'd triple strand using two strands of Shadow and one of Shimmer. I was working at about 5.5 stitches per inch, so the miles and miles of stockinette went by pretty quickly. I also knew from my gauge swatch that the Shadow would "plump" up a little bit after washing, making the knitted fabric even more plush and touchable.


I bought a copy of Knitting Without Tears when I was first starting to knit sweaters, and it's a great guideline for figuring out how to mess your way through a sweater pattern that's really your own. Sure, I end up snarking back at Elizabeth Zimmermann, but I do manage to get a really nice fit for whatever crazy scheme I'm trying out.


Don't fear the steek! It was the best part of this sweater - I could hide where I carried the Shimmer contrast yarn right in the steek stitches, and I didn't have to weave in 1,000 yarn tails at the end of the project. I decided against buttons, since I never really close my cardigans, and instead picked up and knit a front band and facing on either side that completely encased the steek cut.


The cuffs, collar, hems, and front bands were all made using a sewn hem. I knit 10 rows for the facing, purled one row, then knit an additional 10 rows for the part of the hem that would show on the right side of the garment. When I was finishing the sweater, I used a garment steamer to steam the hem along the purl bump fold, then I carefully whipstitched the hem to the inside of the sweater.


Another great part? This sweater was about a medium (38") bust, and I still had half a ball of Shadow leftover and at least half a ball of Shimmer. So, for $24, I got an entire cardigan and enough yarn to make a cute matching scarf in the future.


Pattern: On-the-fly bottom-up raglan, help from Knitting Without Tears
Yarn: 6 skeins Shadow in Basalt Heather, 1 skein Shimmer in Cumulus
Needles: Size 5 Nickel-plated Options Interchangeable Needles
Gauge: 5.5 stitches/inch
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Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 13, 2009 at 12:43pm
"Things that seem difficult at first often turn out to be very easy." --Old Chinese Proverb
Comment by Bella Blues on May 13, 2009 at 11:39am
I don't care how long I knit I will never, ever use the steek method. Never! This sweater is an example of a level I will never achieve, but I do admire the knitter who tries it.
Comment by Katylynn85 on March 18, 2009 at 6:27pm
Alison,
I'm a little late in commenting, but this is just about the prettiest cardi ever. I want to make one too! You just knit it as a basic raglan and then did the steeking thing for the opening or am I misunderstanding? It's so so pretty and I'm so very jealous!
Katy
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 30, 2009 at 7:19pm
Susan: I'll miss you, too! With any luck, I'll be done with my 900 yards of WotA and be back with you in just a few days. Anyway, I'll be around for the weekend, because we don't start until Monday. Happy knitting! --Peggy
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 30, 2009 at 7:04pm
Isn't it amazing the differences in people... how they grew up (were raised)... geography, meteorology, etc. How do we find eachother? We lived so far out in the country when I grew up, we didn't even lock the doors - but that was back in the 60's, too. Now we live in the sticks (everything comes back around, this place is almost like where I grew up) and WE LOCK OUR DOORS AT NIGHT.

Enjoy the speed knitting contest. With all I have on my agenda for knitting right now, I just couldn't get up for it. Have fun! We'll miss your input and humor.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 30, 2009 at 6:44pm
Susan: I know what you mean about sleeping when the house is too warm. I grew up sleeping with the window open slightly, even in the winter (in Massachusetts)! My DH grew up sleeping with the windows closed and locked, so someone couldn't come in, because the house was all on one floor. He won't let me open the window, even in the summer! --Peggy
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 30, 2009 at 6:26pm
We use to keep out house cold, but with my husband's arthritis and fibromyalgia, he can't take too much cold, so at times I find it uncomfortably warm. Like right now I'm wearing a pair of flannel shorts and a cotton tee shirt. I keep my bedroom in the 60's though, or I wouldn't sleep at all.
Comment by Roxane on January 30, 2009 at 9:09am
I'm enveloped in an antique Alice Starmore Aran even as I write, because I keep the house cold, too! But it will not always be THIS cold--at least, I hope not! For offices with inadequate heat and/or overenthusiastic AC, this would be ideal. It's too lovely to stay home!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 30, 2009 at 6:57am
Hi, Roxane! I agree, but at my house I can wear my Aran cardigan in the house in the winter! This one would be great for visiting, though. Most people keep their houses a little warmer than my DH does. Sometimes I peel off my cardi, and then I'm cold. Happy knitting! --Peggy
Comment by Roxane on January 30, 2009 at 5:57am
PLUS, that would be such a lovely weight for an indoor sweater!

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