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Tuesday, September 23, 2008



About a year ago (give or take), the Yarn Harlot blogged about a cardigan called Juno from one of the Rowan Fall books (Rowan 40). As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it and promptly ran over to Janette's Rare Yarns and ordered some yarn and the book. (By the way, Janette is no longer an eBay store, she's got her own site.) I put the yarn away for a while, but over the weekend I cast on for Juno.

I'm using Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran in the Darkside colorway. (This yarn is discontinued.) It's a black yarn with tweed speckles of caramel, pine green, burgundy, and navy blue. In case you're wondering, I have already made changes to the pattern. I lengthened the body by 4 inches (don't worry, I bought a full bag of the yarn - I should have plenty to do this and still have some left over), and I eliminated the increases. As the pattern is written, you start out at the hem with fewer stitches than you have at the bust. I played with the idea of decreasing (since I started longer than the original pattern) and then increasing as the pattern is written, but even though this sweater is supposed to fit pretty closely to the wearer and I decided that the ribs could just do the shaping for me. (The actual shaping as written in the pattern wasn't much to begin with - it also allowed the ribs to add to the shaping.)

After reading Ravelry notes on this sweater, it seems to move pretty quickly through the body (the whole body is ribbed) but then it slows way down for the collar. I like cables so even though the collar will be slower to knit, I think it will be fun.



Blogger Kathleen C. said...

Oh, I remember that sweater! I'm really looking forward to seeing how you knit it.
I loved it when I saw it too, but would have had to do major changes to get it up to my size. Though it looks to be pretty straight forward... until you get to the collar.
I'm hoping to glean some tips from you as you go through it...

9:08 AM  
Blogger PurlingPirate said...

Oh my gosh!!! Another gorgeous knit! Can't wait to see your finished Juno.

2:59 PM  

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