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I had planned to post earlier this month about a finished vest, but things didn’t pan out. oh, I finished it the vest. I just hated it. my pattern indecision should have been a sign. it doesn’t usually take me weeks to find a pattern to knit. I’m the person that has way too many pattern ideas floating around. OK. so I don’t like vests. there, I admit it. more to myself than you, but it’s out. you know what else went wrong? not only did my gauge swatch lie (actually, I think I liked to myself just so I could get started), but I think the pattern lied as well. it told me to knit 10″ armholes. 10″?! I’m not sure why I blindly followed this. never mind that the schematic clearly shows a 9″ armhole. so not only should I not knit vests, but I shouldn’t try to knit during thanksgiving weekend since apparently I ignore all sense when stuffed with too much food (and perhaps alcohol).
so what else is going on around here? I decided to force myself to clear out my wip piles that were taking over our apartment before I was allowed to start anything new. well, with an exception or two of course. so I’ve actually been making and finishing things! it’s a crazy concept. the seeded jacket was unceremoniously frogged. the fabric felt heavy and too drapey. the first thing I decided to actually finish was tom’s pentagon aran cardigan. I only needed to weave in a few ends and sew in the zipper.

pentagon aran cardigan

pattern: pentagon aran cardigan
yarn: jo sharp silk roan aran tweed, brindle (121), 14 balls
needles: 4mm and 5mm
date started: 08.11.08
date finished: 12.07.09

pentagon aran cardigan

this cardigan was first going to be an anniversary present (our first one!), then a thanksgiving present (who gives presents for thanksgiving?!), then christmas, then birthday, and now it’s just a take this damn thing will you/ fake christmas present sweater. such indignities this sweater has faced. it really didn’t need to take me over a year to finish, it just kinda got ignored. I had good intentions at times. I dragged it with me to maine last year to finish; when it was still dubbed an anniversary sweater. I even picked up the zipper this spring when I had hopes of this being a birthday present.

pentagon cardi, zipper installation

the zipper. I think that’s what really stopped me in my tracks. I just didn’t want to deal with it, so I stubbornly ignored it. of course, once I finally forced myself to sew it, it took less than an hour. the trick was to use double sided tape to “baste” it. then I pinned the hell out of it and sewed it with no fear. you can’t have fear because the sewing machine can smell fear. it’ll eat your fabric or make your zipper wonky at any sign of weakness.

pentagon cardi, zipper installation

besides the zipper, I loved working on this sweater. the pattern was straight forward and the cable pattern kept my interest throughout. I pretty much followed it as written, except I used a tubular cast on and cast off. the only issue I had was with the sleeves, they were way too wide and long. I simple ripped a few inches off and reseamed. talking about seaming, don’t use this yarn for seaming! it’ll just break in the middle of a seam. I know they tell you to seam with a yarn that’s a similar color as the main yarn but I didn’t bother and used some leftover koigu kersti. love it! it’s like a little secret built in.

pentagon aran cardigan
koigu kersti (k-613)
over a year later you would think tom would wear the hell out of it or, at the very least, feign excitement. I got nothing. part of me can’t blame him. as much as I love the sweater, I don’t love it on him. it’s too loose in the body and his shoulders aren’t broad enough for a drop shoulder design. in my mind he’s more of a raglan man. he most likely let me carry on with this project more for my entertainment than his actual desire for the sweater.
of course, I had to make him something else to make up for it. definitely a much quicker gift that Ill show you soon.

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  • Lisa December 22, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I have so many projects at the very same stage as this tweed sweater! Good for you to tackle the WIPs – my 2010 resolution!
    It’s lovely. Do you think a little tinkering on the neckline/shoulder would do the trick for him? Now that you’ve come this far….

  • Virginia December 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    This one is in my to-do list. Queue if you will.
    Your’s looks beautiful. I hope that your s/o “adjusts” soon.

  • Seanna Lea December 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    It’s great to finish something, anything right now, so I’m living vicariously through other people’s finishing and trying not to think about the sweaters that are at the sleeve stage or the sew up stage or the why haven’t you finished me already stage. It makes me heave a heavy sigh just thinking about it.

  • grumperina December 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    It must feel good to be done. It’s a great-looking sweater!