Waves – WIP

Waves - WIP

I posted this picture a few days ago on my Instagram account, and what can I say, the project still looks mostly the same. After all, it’s a cardigan with a repeating pattern. πŸ˜‰ While I crawl ahead row by row, I’m enjoying working with my handmade stitch markers. πŸ™‚

I’m knitting this sweater for my mom, and have had to rip out a few rows because she changed her mind about how she’d like her cardigan. She’s a dear that way. πŸ™‚ I’ve become quite good at inserting lifelines now, though πŸ˜› so I just added one into an appropriate row, and the undo wasn’t much hassle at all. I’ve already reknit all the rows that I un-knit, and then some.

Now to make some progress for today…

Bubblewrap

Yeah, that’s what I’m gonna call the cardigan that I knit for my friend, KG. Did I mention it’s done? ^_^ I gave the cardigan to her this week, and she likes it, hurrah! [Sigh of relief] The colors look nice together, don’t they?

Bubblewrap cardigan

In the past few weeks, I managed to knit quite a bit, spurred on by the fact (or fear? πŸ™‚ ) that KG’s vacation is fast approaching, and that I’d promised to knit her this sweater for the vacation… I finally cast off this Sunday, blocked the garment and weaved in the ends. KG had no idea how the cardigan would look, and I was hoping it wouldn’t be a shock to her when she finally saw it. This whole secrecy was a first for me too, because I usually make my ‘customers’ (my mom and my sis so far — and of course, yours truly too πŸ˜‰ ) wear the project-in-progress now and then to check that things are fine, and course-correct if necessary. It was only when my course corrections reduced to almost-zero levels that I decided to knit one for KG. (She’d been pestering me for a while.) Still, I was apprehensive until the very end about how it would fit her and whether she would like it, and it really was a huge relief that it looks okay and more importantly, that she seems happy with it. And I too am happy that my stranded knitting has improved much.

Bubblewrap cardigan

Thanks, KG, for lending me this photo! πŸ™‚

Now that this sweater’s done, I’m back on the shawl that I started for my mom, and it’s coming along nicely. I’m following the Ashton shawlette pattern — this pattern has a few types of lace designs, and it’s helped me understand the workings of lace a bit more. Alright! The next pattern I come up with will be a lacy pattern! πŸ˜› (And I made a stitch marker for this project! I made quite a few of them actually, and I’ll talk about them in my jewelry blog soon, but here’s this marker hard at work. πŸ˜‰ )

Ashton shawlette with Stitch marker

The next step for me is writing a pattern. I’ve been thinking and talking about it, but haven’t really done anything on it that I can call progress. I’ve seen a lot of patterns by now, and I’m pretty sure I can come up with one.

Horizontal cables cardigan

The horizontal cables sweater that I started quite a while ago is officially done today! And I ❀ it!

Horizontal cables cardigan

The wide button band that I had in mind eventually ended up being a thinner no-button band — just because the buttons I thought we already had for this cardigan weren’t actually in our stash. I’ve recently been jumping between dealing with things thrown at me and just relaxing when I get a breather, so I knew I wouldn’t have the time to go buy other buttons. And that’s why the poor button band had to be satisfied with being a regular band, stopping its growth when it got wide enough. Also, there’s still some scrunching near the bottom ribbing because of a slight miscalculation on my part. (I didn’t undo it just because…) Consequently, the cardigan doesn’t go completely around my body — there’s still space left along the front.

Horizontal cables cardigan

But. I have no regrets about the bands or anything else in this sweater. In fact, this has been one of the most satisfying of my projects so far. I’m elated to see that the two ends of the horizontal pattern align with each other pretty nicely after I made the final ribbing. And this is the first time my calculated seamless set-in sleeves turned out well-fitted! (There was another time a long while back when they fit right, but that was a lacy sweater, and could tolerate fitting mistakes like no one can. Speaking of which, I should write about that sweater some time.)

I also made the top-down sleeves taper more gradually by decreasing one stitch every N rows instead of two symmetric stitches every 2N rows. I think I’m going to continue doing that in the future for medium and larger weight yarns, because I’m pretty happy with how non-bumpy the sleeve ‘seam’ looks.

And remember the other project that I said in the same post that I would frog? Yeah, I frogged it, and am now making a three-colored triangle-patterned top with the yarns. That’s right, my first time on a multicolor project! I had all the rookie problems with tension, but it’s becoming easier and better-looking as I march on. And I love how it’s turning out. (Finally! A happy project for this fingering weight yarn. It must be heaving a sigh of relief that it won’t endure yet another bout of frogging.) These are two of the three colors —

Triangles pattern

I can’t wait to see how this project turns out! Soo excited!

Horizontal cables

I’ve been working on this unnamed cardigan lately — a simple stockinette one, with its redeeming feature being a horizontal cabled strip running around the chest. (That’s right, I just cannot knit a sweater with only stockinette stitches. πŸ˜› )
Horizontal cabled cardigan For this cardigan, I first knit the cabled strip — it is about 7cm (2.75″) wide. I calculated it for a length of chest circumference minus border. I then used stockinette gauge to pick up the required number of stitches from its longer edges, and have continued with plain stockinette stitches for the top and bottom parts. I’m shaping the neck, armhole and waist as necessary.

I’d abandoned this project for quite a while due to reduced knitting time / inclination — I got busy with other creative projects decorating my room, and knitting took a backseat. Now that I feel like knitting again, I’m hoping to finish this one soon. I just love the soft pink color! ❀

Speaking of abandoning, there was another project that I’d started, not knowing if I’d like it. A shawl using some fingering weight yarn. (Also pink, heh. Was it an unconscious “girly” decision? πŸ˜› ) My original thought was to make a lacy one, but I don’t do super-lacy, so I did something different using short rows.
Shawl from fingering weight yarn I liked how it looked when I started it, but now I really cringe seeing how it’s coming along. I know I’ve spent some time on it, but I’m thinking if I should frog it. My sister was aghast when I told her this. (To tell the truth, I myself was aghast when I thought of frogging.) But then, instead of spending more time and energy into something that I don’t like, it’s better to let it RIP. (See what I did there? πŸ˜› ) I’ll leave it in my project cupboard for a few more days before finally deciding whether to tear out the needles from it.

Maybe I should do super-lacy…

Vanilla and Liquorice Cardigan

The Vanilla and Liquorice cardigan is now finished, and is lying in my mom’s closet. It was already done a couple of weeks ago, but I was too lazy to click pictures of it. I eventually ended up presenting the cardigan to my mom on her birthday. (My sister thought that was very calculating of me, but I assure you, there was nothing calculating about it. πŸ˜‰ )

Vanilla and Liquorice cardigan

Vanilla and Liquorice cardigan

I mentioned in my previous post that the neck was really not in a great shape for the ribbing. To maintain the shape of the neck, I had to eventually make some increases at two places on each side of the body while knitting the ribbing. I still don’t really like how it turned out, but my mom thinks it’s salvaged well enough — she really didn’t like me undoing the yoke. So for now, it’s fine since she’s fine! πŸ™‚ For future projects, I think I’ll need to adjust the yoke cast-on stitches to not contain more than 1 stitch for the neck — that should prevent this quandary.

Vanilla and Liquorice cardigan

As for more projects, I’m knitting shawls these days, because sometimes sweaters are just too warm, and shawls certainly finish faster than sweaters. πŸ™‚

Vanilla and Liquorice Cardigan — I

I was really hungry when I was considering giving this cardigan a name, so I’m calling it what it reminded me of. πŸ˜€

I’m making this cardigan from the most adorable cream-and-dark-gray striped yarn that I bought during a sale. The cardigan is nothing fancy, just a raglan-style one before I practice with a different construction style again. The raglan was worked with the ‘fern leaf‘ decorative increase that I described in a previous post.

Aaand this is how the body looks –

Vanilla and Liquorice cardigan

I used stockinette stitches for the body. Being the cables devotee that I am, I added two columns of simple left-twisting cables along the edge of the cardigan to relieve the monotonousness. (That’s right, even though the stripes in the sweater kinda relieve the monotonousness already.) I’ve also added buttonless bands using 1×1 ribbing. My mind must have been wandering really far off then, because the neck is still on the needles and it is too early to do a ribbing. I’ll just have to work on that detail later. (Come to think of ribbing, I don’t really think the neck is in great shape for a neat ribbing… Something to think about.)

Before I wind up this post –

Working on big projects gets boring really soon, so I also have another project going on. More on that later, but look at how the remaining yarn resembles a croissant! Yum? (Or I might just be hungry again…)

Croissant yarn?

Back to square one

Yesterday was a disappointing day — I realized that the Lacy Hearts cardigan wasn’t going to get done. There’s not enough yarn for it to turn out properly. It’ll come close, but well, I need it to go over, don’t I? :/ I can’t tweak the garment to compensate — keeping the sleeves short or shortening the body is not an option because that’ll make the cardigan look ugly. And the yarn was a limited-offer one, so I can’t buy more of it. And here I was sure that there’s enough for a beautiful garment.

So… sigh, I unraveled it today. Here it is, back into being balls of yarn —

Back to square one

So much time to create, so little to destroy!

I’m going to knit something smaller with it this time. I don’t know what yet — it may be another cardigan — but it’ll turn out nice, just like it’s meant to. πŸ™‚