I was going to post some things about the bulky cabled cardigan, but blogger keeps losing my blog and posts! I need to get out of here. Quick.
Any suggestions? Help?
Soooo, what was I going to say about the sweater? Oh yeah, I got a few emails and comments asking about the sizing and yarn.
Yarn and Ease
The yarn is handpaintedyarn’s pure merino bulky 6ply, a yarn much thinner than what Stef used in the pattern. The pattern’s gauge is 2.5 spi while mine was around 3spi (it changed a bit after washing). I knew I didn’t want to double the yarn, but I also knew what fit I wanted. After looking at the number of stitches left for the body (after separating the sleeves), I knew knitting my size would leave me with four inches of ease. If I knit it at my gauge though I would get negative ease, three inches to be exact. Sounds insane, but that was perfect! I’ll always tell you to go with negative ease, I’m all about a more fitted look. “But three inches is too much!” you say. The other thing I say is knit a big swatch and wash it! I knew that my sweater would grow width wise and, to a lesser degree, length wise. After all was said and done (and after adjusting for the button bands) I ended up with only one inch of negative ease. After wearing it for a week (yeah, I’ve been wearing it all week) it’s the same size as my chest (uhh, zero ease?). I could have gone with the smaller size and been just as happy with the end result.
It was all me! It was my mistake when the sweater was too short the next time, not the pattern’s. I measured it while it was still on the needle and might have, possibly, maybe stretched it while measuring. Blame the knitter. Try it on as you knit! If you use this yarn, then I’ll warn you that it’s going to grow after washing. My sweater looked HUGE after I took it out of the water. I figured it was the combination of it being merino, garter stitch, and wet. Luckily it springs back into itself, so all was saved (and my swatch had predicted it!). The cables ended up giving me some more length after they were washed. Washed cables = less puffiness.
I picked up the buttons at Kraemer’s while visiting for Thanksgiving. Their website doesn’t have much, but it’s an interesting store. It’s a mill that sells it’s own yarn while also carrying things like Plymouth, Cherry Hill, and some other brands I don’t remember at the moment. Anyway, that’s where the mystery buttons are from.
I probably made no sense in this post, but that’s because I’m trying to write fast so blogger doesn’t lose my post (did I mention blogger sucks?). I hope this is helpful to someone out there! Feel free to ask any other questions.