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post #21 of 134
Here is a link to a PDF with several cable charts. I included the 2 st moss border on either side of the cable as shown in the original pattern, but the border sts are not included in the total cable stitch counts. The original cable in the pattern is 20 sts wide (again w/o the border).

I'm planning on using the second six-stranded cable on the sheet for my sweaters. I'll most likely be adding a single column of slip stitches between the cables to aid in folding the facing over. I'm hoping to do up a swatch in the next couple of days and then I'll start on the 5T pattern.

Hope this helps
post #22 of 134
I ended up making a trip to my LYS and got some yarn from their sale shelves. 40% off

It's a wool/acrylic blend, worsted (I know, it's not sport...); I'm not thrilled about the acrylic part, but it was nice and soft, and affordable--800+ yards for $15.

I won a 16" #3 Addi circ on eBay too

ETA: Here's a link to the yarn I got.
post #23 of 134
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Sportweight? Heehee. I know of some yummy organic merino that's on sale
where????
post #24 of 134
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Originally Posted by nausicaamom View Post
Here is a link to a PDF with several cable charts. I included the 2 st moss border on either side of the cable as shown in the original pattern, but the border sts are not included in the total cable stitch counts. The original cable in the pattern is 20 sts wide (again w/o the border).

I'm planning on using the second six-stranded cable on the sheet for my sweaters. I'll most likely be adding a single column of slip stitches between the cables to aid in folding the facing over. I'm hoping to do up a swatch in the next couple of days and then I'll start on the 5T pattern.

Hope this helps
thank you!!
post #25 of 134
chrissy:
www.jarbon.com
It's DK, but I can get gauge with it (I just checked.)
post #26 of 134
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oooh, i want to make this! where can i order the iwk back issue with the cable chart?

and what is dingoknits? going to check the link in your sig aurora....
eta, i checked it out. cool! hey, i am a runner and a knitter too!
Here is the link to the back issue: http://www.interweaveknits.com/backissues/W_06.asp

You should join us over in the Fitness and Weight Management forum. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=704856 I am a new runner and still working through a Couch to 5K program.
post #27 of 134
I think I'm actually going to pass on joining this KAL--too much otn, and also don't want to spend the $ right now for the yarn and stuff. Plus, I wouldn't really be doing the same project as everyone else. But I did want to give the heads up that jimmybeanswool.com has the IWK back issue, and $4 flat rate shipping, so if you need yarn for other projects (or this one), other patterns, magazines, etc, that would be a good way to stretch your shipping value. They have a lot of Knitting Pure and Simple patterns in case anyone is sizing up and wants to use one of thier top-down cardigans as a jumping off point.

Have fun, everyone! I do plan to use that cable pattern at some time with the KPS vest. Just have to finish some other stuff first and spread out my spending a bit.
post #28 of 134
I think I'm going to make this in Shine, I happen to have a 6 or 7 of skeins, and I have to place another order that should be here by the time I'd run out of these. Since I'm hoping to do a size 5. Any idea how many skeins this might take?

Jenn, would you say the cable pattern you posted is easy enough for a beginner? I *think* I understand the concept of cable knitting, I've just never had a project to try it on. I'm planning to try this pattern, and probably will come back to the board with a question, once I get my stitches cast on to give it a whirl.
post #29 of 134
So, give me some advice. Could a dimwitted beginner handle this pattern? Because, my dd really needs this and I am really kind of new at this.
post #30 of 134
FRF, I'd say there a few new skills to learn, but nothing that a little tenacity can't pull you through!

So, my yarn is ordered, but full belly farm yarn takes a while to arrive, so in the mean time I am practicing making cables. My first attempt I dropped a stitch, and I almost never do that, but it was during the tight-knitting part of the twist so I know now to be careful! But I wanted to share my first cabled FO--a headband with a button closure in the back. I know the IWK pattern and nausicaamom's pattern are way more complicated (and beautiful!), but I felt the need to start slowly!
post #31 of 134
The first two shouldn't pose a problem, if using a chart throws you write out each row longhand. The second two patterns are a bit trickier, but I think they are harder if you use cable needles since the right-crossing cables actually call for using two. If there is interest, I can do a quick and dirty tutorial on cables without cable needles on my blog in the next day or two. I know there is a Knitty article somewhere on how to do it but Google is not my friend right now.

I finished my swatch last night and now all that is left to do is block it and dye up the yarn. After reading over both patterns, I am thinking of doing it completely in the round and putting a steek down the front with the only seeming being the kitchner at the underarms and the top of the hood, the seems don't seem all that integral to the structure and if I can do it all in the round it will go much faster for me.
post #32 of 134
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So, give me some advice. Could a dimwitted beginner handle this pattern? Because, my dd really needs this and I am really kind of new at this.
Fallriverfox, this is my first serious project. I'd never done cabling or decreases before, but with a little help from A) the internet, B) my sister and C) knitting pals on MDC, it's going really smoothly. It won't look perfect -- it may, in fact, look pretty amateurish when it's done. But I don't really care. It's keeping me busy and I'm going to be such a better knitter when it's over.
post #33 of 134
Nausicaamom, so to do this in the round and steek you would do four panels of cables downt the front with a few rows of "throw away" stitches between the middle two?

And I found this blog of a KAL for the Cardigan for Arwen sweater that I thought some of us might like to look at for ideas. A few posts down, someone did a neat seed-stitch hem that I fancy better than the folded hem... And look at THIS adaptation.

(Yes, I do have committment issues.)
post #34 of 134
Yep - that's what I'm planning. I'm basically taking the idea of a faced cable band and adding it onto EZ's raglan sweater.

Oh - as an FYI - the first cable chart is not the same as the swatch pictured to right, I just realize they start at different places. I'll get it fixed and update tonight.
post #35 of 134
Well, I'm still working on my cable swatch, but I just realized that the 5 skeins of yarn I have, are not Shine like I originally thought, but Sierra (bulky yarn), and the color - Bud, is no longer available. I haven't decided what I'm going to do.

Does anyone have a pattern for a hoodie like this in bulky yarn? I really don't have the local resources to get good yarn, nor the money to buy any off the internet at this exact moment. Kind of bummed that I can't get more of the Bud, I was figuring I'd need more then 5 skeins, but that I could just order more in a few more weeks and be good to go.
post #36 of 134
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FRF, I'd say there a few new skills to learn, but nothing that a little tenacity can't pull you through!
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Fallriverfox, this is my first serious project. I'd never done cabling or decreases before, but with a little help from A) the internet, B) my sister and C) knitting pals on MDC, it's going really smoothly. It won't look perfect -- it may, in fact, look pretty amateurish when it's done. But I don't really care. It's keeping me busy and I'm going to be such a better knitter when it's over.
Thanks for the encouragement! I'm most scared about trying to size it up to 3 or 4T. Any advice?
post #37 of 134
Tutorial for working cables without cable needles.
post #38 of 134
Thread Starter 
Augh! I am going to be the only person in this KAL doing the project as written! Augh!!!

-- phew, OK, minor rant over. -- I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.

I'm about 5 inches up the right front piece right now, so by the end of the evening I should be starting the decreases. That is, if baby bedtime goes smoothly... anyway, I'll shut up and knit, eh?

Honeytree, i do love that zippered cardi. Wow. There are so many amazingly talented people in the world! It's inspiring.
post #39 of 134
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Augh! I am going to be the only person in this KAL doing the project as written! Augh!!!

-- phew, OK, minor rant over. -- I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.

I'm about 5 inches up the right front piece right now, so by the end of the evening I should be starting the decreases. That is, if baby bedtime goes smoothly... anyway, I'll shut up and knit, eh?

Honeytree, i do love that zippered cardi. Wow. There are so many amazingly talented people in the world! It's inspiring.
I will be doing it as written, I think. I am just waiting for my yarn and the IWK issue to arrive.
post #40 of 134
Any tips on doing this in Shine? WW cotton? I guess I could do a swatch first to see where I am at to start, but I am lazy.... Too much otn right now...
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