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February 21, 2007

Tweedy (linty oatmeal) Aran Cardigan

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Pattern: Tweedy Aran Cardigan by Norah Gaughan from the Winter 01/02 Interweave Knits There are corrections for this pattern. The pattern is now also indivudally available for purchase from Interweave.

Yarn: Classic Elite Skye Tweed in a color Elann said was Partridge but Classic Elite is calling Quail. I guess they would know. In any event, color #1206.

For as constantly and bitterly as I complained about the Skye Tweed while knitting this sweater, I think the finished object turned out exceptionally well. I still won't say that I'm 100% pleased with the texture of the yarn, or that I don't think that I should have gone with a more inspired color choice. It's a testament to the pattern that I finished it and I love it.

Pattern notes:
I may be leaving some things out, but these are the high points.

I knit size 4.

Fancy Rib sucks.

I moved the pattern stitches around very slightly. The pattern would have you knit a twisted stitch directly adjacent to Cable A. I tried this and I didn't like it, so I worked an even number of stitches in Twisted Rib between the side seams and Cable A so that there is was a purl next to the cable. This had the added benefit of putting an equal number of purl stitches on either side of Cable B. I did a similar shift for the sleeves.

A clue to lining up Cable A and Cable B: the twists of Cable A take place on the same rows as the widest and narrowest part of the diamond in Cable B.

For the sleeves, double-check that there are an equal number of twisted stitches on either side of Cable A.

Some back neck shaping would have been nice.

The button bands are knit along with the fronts in fancy rib. To give a nice edge, I knit the last stitch of every row and slipped the first stitch of every row at this edge. When I picked up for the collar, I worked both edges this way.

You can't see it well in my pictures or in the magazine, but there is side-shaping and fancy rib is worked along the side seams.

I feared that I might have to rework the sleeve caps to compensate for wonky row gauge. However, before I did anything drastic, I blocked a finished sleeve knit to the original pattern and did a test fit into the armscye. I was able to ease it in pretty well, so no fancy figuring was required afterall.

As I mentioned previously, I slip-stitched the shoulder seams together. I also attached the sleeves this way rather than sewing them in as I might usually do. It made the seams a bit more bulky, but it also added some extra structure to the shoulders and gives a more jacket-like feel.

That's all I can think of right now.

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February 11, 2007

linty's buttons

I went though my my button cache, and came up with these possibilities for linty oatmeal's closures.


Although none of these is exactly what I had in mind, one was close enough that I've already applied them. I figure they will do until I can switch them for a better alternative an alternative that better matches my design vision. [snerk]

ETA: Here is the selection in situ


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February 08, 2007

linty in the sunset


I took this picture (and those of the last couple of posts) about a week ago. You'll have to forgive the severe shadows.

Things have progressed considerably since then; it now has a collar and one sleeve. I plan to attach the second sleeve this evening.

I can hardly believe it's actually coming together.

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February 05, 2007

linty oatmeal shoulder seams


Lately, I find I get better results if I bind off and then crochet the shoulder seams together.

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February 03, 2007

f*cking fancy rib


The lower border and collar of linty oatmeal are knit in a stitch dubbed Fancy Rib. I despise it.

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January 23, 2007

linty oatmeal cardigan


Actually, my out-of-the-packet oatmeal is more yellow than I expect oatmeal to be.

Despite my lingering apprehension regarding this sweater, I persist. I'm now half-way up the second front. I keep thinking I've reached my stall point...and then I knit another row.

I'll know the precise moment when I've had enough. Not there yet. Maybe the limit is assembly.

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January 08, 2007

what was I thinking? (part 1)


When I was visiting my parents before Christmas, I decided to order myself a present that would be waiting for me in Portland when I returned. I went to and ordered enough Classic Elite Skye Tweed to knit a sweater. I could have gone for purple or red or orange; but, no I picked a plain, neutral color called Partridge.

Now, in theory, there is nothing wrong with this yarn in this color. And, in fact, while in the ball it is quite attracting. However, I found once I began knitting with it that it put me somewhat in the mind of knitting with dryer lint--plain, neutral dryer lint. Purple dryer lint may have been a better choice.

And yet, it's not completely repellent--not unpleasant enough to make me stop knitting. On the contrary, it compels me to knit on in the hope that I'm just overreacting and it's really going to turn out OK in the end. It'll be OK eventually, right? I haven't done this again, have I? Oh crap, I have. I've started something and then become disenchanted and now I'm teetering on the edge.

But still, I've managed to knit the entire back and one arm of a sweater. What sweater? Something I've been planning on knitting for ages? No, a pattern picked as spontaneously as the yarn. It's a sweater from the Winter 01/02 Interweave Knits with the plain, neutral name of the Tweedy Aran Cardigan. Why that one? Beats me. I was looking through my old Interweaves for ideas and this was the 'winner.' It was designed by Norah Gaughan. I love her. What's not to like?

Well, I think my gauge is off, which is so unfair because I swatched, dammit, everything looked fine. However, I now find that although my stitch gauge is more or less on, my row gauge is most certainly off. Rassenfrassen!! This means that if I continue to push on, I will have to recalculate the cap shaping on the set-in sleeve. Bleh! I can do it, but...WHY SO DIFFICULT!?

Plus, to add injury to insult, look at my first sleeve attempt. Notice anything funny?


Try counting the number of ribs on each side of the cable. YEAARGH, not the same! Unless I missed something, this is a mistake in the pattern that was not in the corrections. No matter, already redone and centered.

I will press on. It is yet to be determined whether this is a winner or a loser.

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