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I’m knitting another sweater: progress report

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3

I’ve finished the all-in-one-piece body of my second Ribby Cardi and I’ve begun a sleeve. I’m knitting the sleeves in the round on two circulars, which is definitely taking more time than knitting them flat but I’m looking forward to not having to seam it. I’ve been considering getting DPNs to do the sleeves but lately I’ve been experimenting with the concept of not buying new things and seeing how well I can get along with the stuff I have. The answer so far is that I can get along just fine, no suffering involved. So I think I’ll live without making another purchase. Gosh, though, it’s like being on a diet.

Knitting the body didn’t take as long as I exptected, but I’m knitting a size smaller and a bit shorter than the last one.

Instead of binding off along the top I’m leaving the stitches live to knit the collar upwards. The back part of the neck is straight across but the neckline is curved a bit and I didn’t realize that these gaps would be left. I’ve been assured by a friend that I can pick up the inbetween stitches.

I’ve ordered an orange, 2-way separating zipper from Zipper Stop as well as a Peridot (light green) zipper for the next sweater. I’m planning on buying some glittery orange pendants from Glamscience to hang off the zippers, and idea I got from her use of them as zipper pulls on her pouches.

I’m considering making this collar a funnel neck length – closer to six inches. I tried on a sweatshirt at Old Navy with a funnel neck and really liked it, I hope it works when it’s made in yarn.

As the weather is getting colder here I’m finding the Cotton Ease isn’t quite warm enough, so I’m looking forward to making the next one in my chocolate brown Berroco Comfort for (I hope) added warmth and snuggliness. I’m also curious to find out if the Comfort yarn will pill terribly or not. After that I think I’ll try something using some Cotton Fleece yarn as I keep hearing reports that people who normally find wool too scratchy can wear this yarn with no trouble.

I’m happy with the Cotton Ease yarn, it was cheap enough to use to tackle my first and second sweater and pretty great as far as working with cotton yarns go. It doesn’t seem to be stretching lengthwise or pilling badly, and I use it as my default jacket/extra layer so I’ve been wearing it quite a lot. While the Cotton Ease colors have improved from the original incarnation of the yarn, I do wish the colors were better. My charcoal Cotton Ease sweater appears to be faded black yarn, and the Stone color I’m using now is a very yellowish gray which I’m afraid will always look a little dingy. The other Cotton Ease colors don’t interest me, or wouldn’t suit my skin tone.

In other news Scott’s cute little video camera arrived and we think it might be a little wonky. Until we find out I’m going to hold off on trying to use it. But, I’m that much closer to making up some tubular cast on and bind off tutorials with videos.

· comments [8] · 11-6-2007 · categories:knitting ·

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 angela // Nov 6, 2007 at 8:50 am

    I’d also like to see that double circular knitting!

  • 2 megan // Nov 6, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Angela – See this page and this page for help. It’s not difficult at all but it can be a little fiddly until you figure out how to get it going without creating ladders.

  • 3 Alyson // Nov 6, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    FYI –

    If you are knitting in the round on two circulars, and you catch yourself accidently knitting all your stitches on to one needle, there are two solutions, 1) use one bamboo and one metal circular – knit bamboo to bamboo and metal to metal – OR – 2) coat the end of one of your sets of circulars (if you are using two identical pairs) with a bit of nail polish. Knit polish to polish and plain to plain. BUT, make sure the nail polish is well dry before you start (I wait at least an hour to overnight before knitting with a “polished” set of circulars).

  • 4 angela // Nov 7, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Thank you! Those links are super helpful.

  • 5 Emy // Nov 7, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I’ll add a caveat to Alyson’s suggestion – some people (I’m one of them, and I’ve seen it from others) have found that knitting with needles of different materials yields different gauges, so you’d want to test that out before using it as a solution to the potential problem of knitting all of the stitches onto one needle.

  • 6 MontanaJen // Apr 11, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Did you adjust the cast on count for knitting the sleeves in the round vs flat?

    I’m trying to ferret the answer out over at Ravelry, but am having trouble finding it….

  • 7 megan // Apr 11, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Jen – Yes, I subtracted one stitch on every edge where there would be a seam (the stitch that would end up on the inside of the garment once it was finished). So, I subtracted two stitches in width from each sleeve, and four total from the body (two side seams).

  • 8 MontanaJen // Apr 11, 2008 at 2:09 pm


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