Cable City!

Finally, finally! My cabled top is ready. πŸ™‚

Cable City! Top

This was the most fun I’ve had with cables till now — never a boring row! I did work on it on and off, though, so that might have been a contributing factor to the not getting bored bit. πŸ˜›

The Nako Saten yarn that I used for this was really fun to knit with. (I’ve bought more skeins to knit something for my mom.) And I totally love the color. ❀ It’s too hot right now to wear this top, but fall or winter would be perfect.

I knit everything top-down. I made the front and back separately, sewed them together, then knit seamless set-in sleeves. I lined all the edges with i-cords.

These are the cable patterns that I used for this top:

Cable City! Top

To look up the pattern names, I referred to my old post which I’d written when I’d made just a little bit of progress on this one, and saw that I’d hoped this top would be epic when done. πŸ™‚ I do think it’s turned out pretty epic (it’s my latest favorite project πŸ˜€ ), and I can’t wait to wear it when I’m out and about! ❀

The Phoenix (My do-over pullover)

My pullover has risen again from its own ashes, and is now a beautiful sweater that I’m waiting for colder temperatures to wear! I absolutely adore this pullover! ❀

The Phoenix (my do-over pullover)

The Phoenix (my do-over pullover)

Of course, I did wear it to model it… Phew! The weather’s definitely way too hot for all this stuff. (Look at the glare from the sun seeping through the curtains!) I think I was fidgeting and the picture’s a bit blurry, but it’ll have to do.

The Phoenix pullover

So right now, the pullover’s neatly folded up, and is awaiting a ‘proper’ inauguration. Sleep well until winter, my pretty! πŸ™‚ (Did you know that’s called aestivation? The equivalent of hibernation, only, this happens in summer.)

Almost a do-over…

I’m almost done with my do-over pullover. And by that, I mean I only have to block it! (Yay!) Hopefully, this weekend will be it, and I can wear it — and write about it here — proudly. πŸ™‚ Oh wait, it’s already getting hotter, and it’ll be summer soon. πŸ˜€ Well, I’ll get to wear it sometime this year anyway…

Almost a Do-over Pullover!

Almost a Do-over Pullover!

I just love the color of the yarn, and the gently weaving cables. ❀ Though the sleeves don’t show here, they each have one cable column in them. (I’m waiting for the blocking to be done so I can click a good picture with them. Right now, they’re kinda folding in on themselves.) But phew, did it take a long time to get here or what!

I was ready for a reduction in my knitting time this year, because I’ve joined Polymer Clay Adventure 2017 and intend to try my hand at all 24 projects over the year. With my newfound interest in claying, and my excitement to build upon things I learn from the course — and of course, researching techniques and tools, and browsing stores for stuff — I’ve gotten pretty behind in my knitting. :-/ Especially since my yarn projects are mostly big items like sweaters, and tops, and shawls, any progress that I make is not very visible at all.

However, I’ve made a conscious decision to not push myself too hard to devote time to everything. Dialing up my crazy-level might actually be interesting, but I don’t have the time to handle crazier-me just yet. If I spend less time knitting, even if it’s only an hour or two every week, so be it. As long I have fun while I’m on it! πŸ˜‰

Blood and Ash top

The two-tone top is done! I used up the entire skien of the gray yarn, right down to a tie-cord accessory πŸ˜‰ at the neck. I still have almost one skein of the red left, though. I’ll have to think of a project for it.

Blood and Ash top

Blood and Ash top

I’d mentioned earlier that I’d made a ribbed raglan for this top, and I continued with stockinette stitches for the body and sleeves. I used tight 1×1 cables for the edgings instead of simple eyelets that I’d thought of before, and it suits the rest of the top, I must say!

Blood and Ash top

I’m happy with the length of the top and the sleeves. (Phew! Glad the gray lasted — in the end, I was knitting from both ends of the skien and alternating between the sleeve rows.) I like the ease in the top as well. The cord at the neck is still too wiggly, but one more stretching treatment will hopefully fix it. The only problem I have is that it’s still super-hot weather here, and I want it to cool down fast so I can wear this one!

Cabled top in progress

I’ve been working on a cabled top for a while, and it’s the other large project I’m working on. (The first one being the do-over pullover.)

Cabled top patterns

This top is heavily cabled, and it’s the first time I’m making something this cable-y. It’s a lot of stitches, and is slow(er) progress because of the amount of stitch twisting involved in each right-side row, but I’m ecstatic about how it’s turning out. The Nako yarn that I’m using settles down well in the stitches, and the cables look presentable as a result. πŸ˜€ I’ll use the same pattern for the back of the top as well as the front, and I might add a few cables to the sleeves as well, so I’m hoping it’ll be epic, haha! πŸ˜‰

I’m using these stitches in this project:

I was constantly switching between this top and the do-over pullover, and now I’m starting on another project — a shawl for my sis — because it’s boring to keep working on only these two. Which one I’ll finish first remains a mystery, even to me…

Do-over pullover progress

The do-over of the old frogged sweater that I’d talked about earlier is coming along nicely. Like I wanted to, I changed the cable pattern for the new version. I’d used a uniformly twisting basic cable earlier — knit a few rows and then make a 3×3 twist on an RS row. This time I’m using a more slowly twisting cable — in every RS row, twist the same 3 stitches to the right by one stitch until the moved stitches reach the end of the cable column, then rinse and repeat by twisting the 3 leftmost stitches to the right again.

Here’s how one of the sleeves looks —

Do-over pullover

Do-over pullover — slowly twisting cable. The ‘edges’ are purl columns with a decorative seed stitch column amongst them.

Cables in the old one —

Frogged sweater

Frogged sweater — regular cable. (No close-ups because the sweater doesn’t exist anymore!)

I also didn’t turn the pattern around on the other sleeve (I did that in the old one), so the sleeves aren’t mirror images of each other. Over the years, I’ve found that I seem to like cabled sleeves better when both of them have the same pattern.

An old sweater to the frog pond

First cabled sweater

I think this was my first cabled sweater? I’m not entirely sure if it was the very first, but it was definitely one of the early sweaters I knit — cable or no cable. I’ve ended up unraveling it now. (Gulp!) I know the sweater looks fine at first glance, but it had scarcely been worn due to many small problems.

  • The neck was pretty small. Yes, of course I can fit my head through there, but I better not have combed my hair beforehand, or I’ll end up having to comb the resulting destroyed mess again. And don’t get me started on static hair… πŸ˜‰
  • The stitches were really loose. I knit loosely, and I compensate with smaller needle sizes now, but I didn’t know then. (Do I need to say that I was alien to the concept of swatching as well? πŸ™‚ )
  • The stitches may have been loose, but the sweater itself had negative ease. That’s right, lack of swatching, probably some measurement / stitch-count miscalculations too. And I asked myself every time I wore it — are those stitches or holes! πŸ˜‰
  • Put loose knitting and no tension management together, and boom! We have asymmetrical left- and right-twisting cables.
  • The raglan shaping was not all that great, and it practically had no shoulders at all. I know, it looks okay, but appearances can be very deceiving! (Blame Praise the clothes hanger! πŸ˜‰ )

I kept the sweater around for a long time due to sentimental reasons. In hindsight, it was really not that bad for a beginner sweater (look at that neck shaping!) Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a whole lot of small problems and nothing major. But I didn’t love it when I wore it, and that’s just so unfair to the sweater, right? Right? So…

Rrrrrriippppp!

The yarn has now had a nice soak-and-dry to remove the kinks, and has turned into cozy little balls. I’m happy that it’s still in pretty good condition. I’m gonna knit the same sweater again with it — (cough) maybe with a modification or two (cough) πŸ˜‰ A new and improved Version 2! πŸ˜€

Of course, this’ll happen after I’m done with KG’s sweater, which is still in progress. It’s a lot of knitting. I’m not a super-fast knitter, I don’t get a lot of knitting time, and I usually have more than one WIP going. This time has been an exception. So to break the monotonousness of working on a single project and keep me motivated, I did some pattern searching on Ravelry and started a shawl for my mom so I could improve my understanding of lace. (No pictures clicked yet!) I’m now back on KG’s sweater, and have started knitting the sleeves. We have a long weekend coming up, and it turns out I’m not doing anything big then, so I’ll have more time to knit and hopefully finish KG’s sweater in time for her upcoming vacation. Fingers crossed!