Grey cardi

I’ve been working on another top-down cardigan for myself following the same outline as the one I knit last April/May.  Yeah, the one that is too large but is still in sweater form.  I thought that it might fit better over a heavier turtleneck, however, I was wrong.  That sweater will be ripped apart and remade.  Someday.

Anyway, I bought enough of this Red Heart Tweed yarn ages ago* (maybe 15-18 years ago?) and tried to knit myself a sweater.  I loved the tweedy bits of aqua, purple, yellow and orange mixed in with the various shades of grey and white. 

I did a gauge swatch and it was off and thought that it didn’t matter all that much.  It did.  It was too small.  The yarn was turned back into balls and remained in the stash until I could face it again.  So I decided to try another top-down cardi after I knit another gauge swatch.  Yes, I did.

Most of the body is knit though I’m waiting to see how long I can make it once the sleeves are finished.  One sleeve is done and I tried it on.  Too tight.  I fudged a bit on the decreases as I thought the sleeves might be too loose and once again, I was wrong.  So I’ll be ripping back to the first decrease and FOLLOWING THE #@&% DIRECTIONS!  

* way before I became a yarn snob

Calico is now Sunny Day

Last week I mentioned that I was reknitting a top using some Berroco Calico yarn.  The colors are very difficult to capture but it is a riot of warm tones.

Using the Drops Sunny Day Top pattern, I decided to start on the front before I got to the armhole shaping for the back.  I want to use as much yarn as possible and at this point, I can make the top a bit longer or shorter as needed.

The top has a two stitch garter edge that should make seaming a breeze as well as four rows of garter stitch at the bottom to keep it from rolling too much.

My markers indicate the decrease rows.  Only eight stitches in all but it should give the top some shaping.

The charted back is relatively easy but I need to concentrate.

As you can see, I missed the correct placement of one of the yarn overs.  It’s closer to the bottom than the top and I’m not going to fix it.

That’s right.  It will be our secret.  Shhh!

 

Calico Top revisited

I began this sleeveless top over a year ago.  No real pattern, just knitted what I thought would fit.  I don’t remember when I finished the actual knitting but I didn’t get it seamed up until the beginning of May.

I don’t like it.

It’s too large.

I’m swimming in it.

I don’t like it.  Did I already say that?

Nobody wants to see that!!!

 

So I took it to the Frog Pond, ripped it out and wound all the yarn into balls.  I started knitting Sunny Day Top by Drops Design 170-32.

I hope I have enough yarn.

Top-down progress

April showers bring May flowers so the true colors are not quite shown in the photos below due to the snowy/rainy and cloudy days we’re experiencing this week.

Finished the body and began one sleeve.

I need to find my bamboo double-pointed needles as these metal ones are very slippery and the stitches fall off the ends.  Of course, I could use more than four needles with fewer stitches on the needles.

Picot hem – though I did not cut the green yarn yet.  Just in case I don’t like it, I can rip it out and try something else without worrying about having too much or too little yarn to work with.  I really hope blocking will keep the bottom edge from curling.  If not, I’ll need to come up with another plan.

Cable cast-on two stitches and bind off five.  Place the last bind off stitch back on the left needle, cable cast-on two stitches and repeat to the end of the row.  Not hard but it uses more yarn.

If you have been following me for some time, you know I don’t like to sew seams.  However, seams do add structure.  So I made fake seams by doing a reverse stockinette stitch at the center underarm point all the way down to the hem.

It looks like a seam and will (hopefully) keep the sweater from twisting out of shape.  Have you ever used that technique?  More importantly – does it work?