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This is sweater #11 of my ‘learn to knit by making a dozen self-designed sweaters’ venture. (Here are hyperlinks to #1, #2, #three, #four, #5, #6, #7 #eight, #9, and #10, in case you’d wish to see my progress.)

pink cabled cardigan

With solely 2 sweaters left to go, I didn’t suppose I may actually declare to have conquered knitting if I’d by no means tried to cable, and I couldn’t put that off any longer!

I used Ysolda’s directions for cabling and not using a cable needle – I’ve achieved all my knitting to date with simply my interchangeable round needles, and I like the thought of not needing any further tools the place attainable. Cabling is type of enjoyable – I don’t know why I waited so lengthy to attempt it!

pink cabled cardigan

Aside from the cables, I examined out a number of extra new (to me) methods with this design:

  • I learn that, when making a turned hem after a provisional cast-on, utilizing one dimension bigger needles for the becoming a member of row offers a much less seen consequence, so I attempted that. Verdict: I’m undecided it made a lot distinction….
  • I didn’t know how one can deal with becoming a member of the a part of the dealing with that sits behind the cable, so I left these stitches on some waste yarn after which sewed them to the again of the cable later.
    pink cabled cardigan
    pink cabled cardigan
    Verdict: I’m actually proud of how neat it seems to be!
  • I labored the cardigan as one piece as much as the armholes, however I attempted utilizing a ‘basting’ sew at either side – one further column of purl stitches, to be ‘seamed’ later so as to add stability the place the aspect seams would usually be. pink cabled cardigan
    ‘basting’ column (L: proper aspect, earlier than seaming it invisibly away, R: mistaken aspect)

    Verdict: It labored, however I feel I choose working in items and seaming. Call me bizarre, however I like mattress sew!

Apart from that, I used methods I’ve used earlier than: waist shaping, and an connected icord edging all the best way round (together with the underside edge and sleeve cuffs), leaving the icord indifferent to kind buttonholes – a throwback to my very first sweater! In this case although, I feel the icord echoes the width of the cables and offers a pleasant end.

pink cabled cardigan

I actually just like the completed sweater, however retaining observe of the 20 rows of the cable proved a bit irritating at instances – I’m not totally capable of learn the cable stitches but to see the place I’m, because the shaping of the cable solely actually turns into obvious in later rows. I attempted dropping down to repair errors, however as a result of cabling takes a unique quantity of yarn than common stitches, I wasn’t proud of the outcomes and ended up having to frog four rows a few instances after I’d made the open circle within the cable sample too lengthy or too brief, and solely realised a lot later.

I additionally discovered the cabling took an excessive amount of time away from the meditative motion of knitting, so I don’t suppose I’ll be designing many heavily-cabled items sooner or later (though, a less complicated cable with a neater repeat could also be an possibility).

pink cabled cardigan

But I’m proud of the tip consequence, and the yarn (a cotton/acrylic mix) will make this a pleasant light-weight piece for hotter climate (though utterly inappropriate for the present Canadian winter – I’ll sit up for carrying it subsequent spring!)


So that was 11 of my 12 sweaters for this ‘learn-to-knit’ venture accomplished, and at this level I used to be in a quandary as to what to design for the ultimate piece within the assortment. Was I nonetheless lacking any important knitting abilities? (Colourwork is the apparent one, however I need these to all be wardrobe staples I’ll put on on a regular basis, and I actually don’t put on multi-coloured sweaters.)

I’ll reveal what I selected to make for the final piece in my subsequent knitting replace…

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