Bulky Cabled Cardigan

bulky cabled cardigan

Pattern: Bulky Cabled Sweaterby Glampyre
Yarn: HPY 6ply Merino in Velvet Grapes (5.5 hanks)
Needles: 8mm, 7mm, and 5.5mm Addi Turbos
Date Started: 1.05.05
Date Finished: 1.26.05

I’ve been wearing this all weekend and it feels great. It’s comfy, warm, and soft; basically everything I wanted out of it. Hell, I even got a few compliments while out, which is always a boost to the old ego (especially when they didn’t assume I made it). My new nifty sweater shaver was a must for this yarn and now I’ve gone a little crazy with it and started shaving every project or swatch I have laying around. Who knew it could be so addicting?

cables detail
 

cables after a little shave

The bulky merino is one of those yarns that scares you after washing. The sweater looked like it grew by six inches while wet and I started to freak out until I remembered my swatch doing the same thing. As it dried, the merino sprung back to the right measurements. I still think I’ll reblock it and get a little more length out of the sleeves and maybe the body. Actually, the one thing I want to redo is the buttonhole band. I picked up the same number of stitches and placed the buttonholes as the pattern states, but I’m not feeling that bottom buttonhole. I think I’m going to reknit to space them out differently or at least add another one so I can close up the hem. Well, maybe I’ll just sew on another button and just use the stitches as the buttonhole.

button band

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  • brooklyn t w e e d January 30, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    looks great! i’ve knit some hats with malabrigo bulky and its hard to take them off (despite the pilling… but i also have a hankering for sweater shaving, so its no problem)your inner struggles paid off. The piece looks great.

  • Liz January 30, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    It looks great Yahaira! Can we see a modeling photo, to get the full effect?

  • Amy January 30, 2006 at 12:27 pm

    I love sweater shaving today. So satisfying. It looks really great. I see what you mean about the bottom button hole. it looks fine, but I think it would look even better if you moved it down a wee bit. Either way the whole project is beautiful!

  • Joelene January 30, 2006 at 12:29 pm

    Looks great! I think this handpainted yarn worked perfectly for this sweater!May I ask which size you decided to knit up? (is it polite to ask another blogger her measurements:) I ask becasue I think we are about the same size and I have such a problem picking a size…

  • Gracie January 30, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    It looks so great!! I love everything about it, I think I may have to go and check that one out!

  • anna January 30, 2006 at 12:55 pm

    it looks fab on you! but i’d want to move that bottom buttonhole too.

  • Jenna January 30, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    Well, it seems all of the deliberation led you to make a beatuiful finish product. the colors are great and I still love the sexy way it comes off of your shoulders. I’m also curious about the sizing because I think we’re also similar but I’ve been very nervous to make any bulky knits. How much eash did you go with?

  • Purly Whites January 30, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    Fabulous! Absolutely fabulous. It looks so comfy.

  • Chris January 30, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    It’s gorgeous!!

  • carrie January 30, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    i love it! that yarn is just divine, and the pattern really showcases it. all your pain and suffering was worth it!

  • yuvee January 30, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    I love it! The colour is absolutely gorgeous!Anyway, I had the same problem with buttons too, I think I’ll add one more.

  • Brooklyn Handspun January 30, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    It looks great and I think you picked the perfect buttons for it. So, tell me more about this sweater shaver – I could use one!

  • Melissa January 30, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    Wow – it looks great and the yarn is beautiful!

  • Erin January 30, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    gizorgeous! seriously. This required a made-up word! I lub the colour!

  • Tara January 30, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    The buttons look absolutely awesome! A sweater shaver? I think I need to get me one of them bad boys!

  • Lolly January 30, 2006 at 5:42 pm

    Wow, that yarn is fabulous, Y. I love the buttons too. This sweater is all about the details, and I say great work! I will cast on for mine again some time…

  • Leah January 30, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    Wow! That really turned out so lovely! I can see why you got compliments while you were out!Oh & I hear you on the sweater shaver! I LOVE mine!!

  • Angela January 30, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    Wonderful! Whooop Whooop! Love the color and the buttons, but of course you knew that already.

  • tabbytuxedo January 30, 2006 at 7:12 pm

    It looks Awesome! Love the button choice, and the yarn is fab.

  • marirob January 30, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    I love your sweater, especially the color! I feel the same way about HPY bulky merino; it is so soft to wear but felts immediately. But I’m sure you’ll love wearing your sweater!

  • Mmmmrissa January 30, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    FAB-U-LOUS. I love it, beautiful job and the buttons are the icing on the cake.

  • Colleen January 30, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    Love it! It looks very comfortable, and stylin’

  • eunny January 30, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    Ah HAH! Looks excellent…those buttons are a great touch. I’d want to move the bottom buttonhole, too, but would totally be too lazy to do it – I salute your fortitude.I totally take back what I said before about varigated yarn.

  • Wendy January 31, 2006 at 1:10 am

    Those buttons are awesome! Wendy

  • jacqueline January 31, 2006 at 6:12 am

    such a gorgeous cardi! i agree with you though…the bottom button needs tweeking

  • caitlyn January 31, 2006 at 10:07 am

    It looks so beautiful and comfy!!! YAY!! I love the colors. Congrats on a fabulous sweater!

  • Ann January 31, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I especially love the buttons. They’re very unique. Brava!

  • Sam January 31, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    It looks awesome! I love the button choice 😛 I really got get me one of those sweater shavers, they sound entertaining 🙂

  • geeyouknit January 31, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    The buttons do go perfectly with the sweater. You’re doing the impossible–making me LIKE purple!ps. i’m tagging you with a meme…tag you’re it!the subjects:Four jobs in your life [best to worst]Four movies you could watch over and overFour places you have livedFour places you have been on vacationFour websites you visit dailyFour of your favorite foodsFour places you’d rather be right nowFour bloggers you are tagging

  • candsmom January 31, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Your cardigan is so gorgeous!! The colorway is absolutely beautiful and the buttons are perfect. Take care! 🙂

  • Ariane January 31, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    WOW, that looks beautiful! I love the buttons and the colorway…great job!

  • Sandra January 31, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    whoa, nelly! is that cardigan perty! fabulous choice of yarn. and those are lovely button to boot.very nice, yahaira. you were missed at the Spiders Yarn Dying party, btw. I know you’re not exactly a stone’s throw away from NYC. I’ll hopefully get to meet up with you real soon. 🙂

  • LovebugCutie February 1, 2006 at 12:30 am

    yahaira! that looks so great! I love seeing the other colors of my favorite yarn, HPY, knitted up. The buttons you chose are perfect! What is the colour of the yarn you are using for hourglass? I love that pink!You are really talented. Everything looks gorgeous.Oh, thanks for giving me the link on how to wash my sweater on Craftster. I used it and it worked wonderfully!Emms

  • Leigh February 1, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Velvet Grapes is the best colorway ever! Love the color and love the pattern… Looks awesome!

  • joy February 2, 2006 at 10:25 am

    The color really is gorgeous, and the buttons are perfect! It looks like you’ll get lots of wear out of it. 🙂

  • katie knits February 2, 2006 at 11:24 am

    gorgoeus! i love the toggle buttons especially.

  • tammy February 2, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    it’s gorgeous! and those buttons are amazing! I vote for a button on the bottom.

  • Bonnie February 2, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    GORGEOUS!!!! And you must spill about where you bought those amazing buttons.

  • kris February 3, 2006 at 4:47 am

    yeah! fantastic knitter/pattern/yarn/button/model combo! you look great!

  • Vanessa February 3, 2006 at 9:27 am

    Lovely sweater. It does looked very comfy, makes me feel like making one for myself too.

  • christine February 3, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Oh my, that’s gorgeous! Freaking beautiful! Love it!!!!!!!

  • paula February 3, 2006 at 9:35 pm

    yay! looks great- I love the color! (and the buttons! 🙂

  • Anonymous February 3, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    Where did you get the yarn shaver to take down the fuzz? My cardi definitely needs it as well. I love the yarn on yours!

  • Laura.Y February 4, 2006 at 9:04 am

    Very cool! You look great in it!

  • Kang May 5, 2006 at 11:09 am

    Lovely sweater and I like the color.

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