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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Autumn Leaves Cardigan

I started my Autumn Leaves Cardigan (the pattern name is Summer Solstice, but this is Texas, you don't need a cardigan like this in June) over the weekend. You start in the center of the back yoke and work out and down the sleeve from there, then you do the other side. What you see here is the Right Yoke and the start of the Right Sleeve. (The white you see by my hand is the provisional cast on for the center back.)

Despite the fact that it's worked sideways, the yoke still has both back neck shaping and shoulder shaping, which are essential to a good fit. I've got to measure my arms today to see how far I need to go for 3/4 length sleeves. (The pattern is written for full length sleeves, but I've got several cardigans in the red family that have long sleeves, I'm doing this one with 3/4 length sleeves.)

So far, it's not a difficult pattern, but there have already been places where I'm working shaping in two different areas. I always work with a row counter, so when I get to these kinds of places, I can write down row numbers that each thing happens on. When I have two things going on at once, I make two columns and put the row numbers that I do each increase or decrease in it's column and then I can just double check the row numbers in the columns as I knit. It means stopping and making notes periodically, but it seems to be the easiest way for me to work. The notes also help me make right and left sections match. It's always nice when your right sleeve is as long as your left sleeve!



Blogger Rudee said...

This should be interesting. I can't wait to see the finished project.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Candy T said...

Your knitting is way above my skills, but I love reading your blog anyway. I just ordered your pattern for LadyFinger gloves. Since you say even beginners can do it, I'll give them a try. These old houses in Minnestoa are cold in the winter.

9:59 AM  

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