10/5/08

Fall + Yarn = Sweater

With Fall here, I am determined to get my knitting needles a-clicking. We all know that sweaters are synonymous with big & bulky and only looked at for warming purposes. This season, I'm seeing simple sweater designs paired with blouses adding such pizazz. Check out DVF's v-neck sweater layered over a cute blouse. I can imagine a field day with various outfits that I can mix and match with sweaters.
But over a week ago, I swatched and casted on for the Verena Knitting mag Sleeveless Cable Vest using Needful Yarns Filtes King Kelly. The yarn is 55% cotton & 45% acrylic, a chain-like braiding yarn with a multi-colored combination of gray, beige & sage. I modified it for knitting in the round and also decided I would play with the cables. Well Well Well.... what can I say, it was a bust.... like in rip back the whole 13" of it. After doing 7" of rib knitting... I put it on a life line (using Ms. Crimson Purl's floss technique) and tried it on Ms. Mannequin and thought it was sized right on. With that I continued on and after 13" thought it a good idea to try it on me (its hard to see the pic) but it was too big from the waist up... and to think I casted on for a small size... what happened.... uggh. So, there was only one thing left to do...
Determined to work up this lovely yarn and imagining a cute sweater paired with a cute blouse, I casted on for Verena's V-Neck sweater and stayed true to the pattern instructions to work it flat. What grabbed me about this project is the rev st st, which I'm seeing a lot of for the Fall season.
After swatching, I realized the small would be too big as well and casted on for 86 sts instead of the recommended 96 sts. I've measured the width and its in sync with what I want. So its going well and have started on the front.. ahhh feeling much better.


Have a Fab Sunday!

14 comments:

Cas... said...

Nice sweaters.

Make it work!

Christie said...

That is a very cute look. Hmm....

Lashell said...

I can't wait to see the end result of your sweater. I just finished the Debbie Bliss Lace scarf. I'm going to show the things I've been working on soon I just have to work up the energy.

Virtuous said...

Hate that it didn't work out for you, but knowing you would CO for something new! :o)

Guess what - the fall Verena is out now!

Also, the floss technique is mainly used to help if you need to frog back vs. trying it on.
Do you have the Denise or Knit Pick needle set?? If so you can just use the buttons on your cord to try on your knitted object. FYI

Lesalicious said...

Love the sweater it's coming along so nicely.:)

artist1lisa said...

It's looking good.Makes me wanna get clicking again too.

Knitaholictoo said...

Thank goodness it's working out now! I love that DVF look! Glad to see you back on the needles! The crisp weather...it's here! Yay!

Lisette M said...

Glad to see someone knitting from Verena. I was thrilled to see this issue in the stands. I have been a fan of the spanish Verena for a few years now. Good luck with your project!

Sheila said...

Thanks Everyone for stopping by.

@ Virtuous: When I do projects in the round, I normally use scrap yarn, but the floss is so much better and easier to feed through the loops...lol

Andrea said...

You go girl!!! I am so proud of you. You are even altering your knit patterns now. Awesome!!!=)

jae said...

yep been there too! the small sizes turn out too big for me too in general, maybe its just my knitting tension. Good for you for ripping back and starting anew. I like a knit that clings a bit.

Mary Sarah said...

I love sweaters, but since I now live in Vegas, I don't wear them as much anymore. Still love them. Yours is off to a great start. Can't wait to see the finished product!

urbanknitrix said...

Love it!!!

Cheryl Wray said...

That's gonna turn out great!!