Sweater Love

It has been pretty warm here in San Francisco so I haven’t been wearing many of my hand knit sweaters. However, today was just cool enough that a sweater was required in the shade. I decided on my Union Station Cardigan. I can’t say it enough… I love this cardigan! It is soft, warm, and the color is oh so cheery.

We headed to Kite Hill for a view of the east side of San Francisco.  There were so many wildflowers blooming along the hill. It made for a beautiful sight.

This little green space is just another reason why I love living in such a diverse city.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

 

 

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Smooth Like Butter

Earlier this summer I knitted the Union Station Cardigan.This sweater is a top down design, which is now my favorite way to make sweaters. I love that you can check your sizing as you go. After my last cardigan ( See Cardigan Blues), I made sure to check the sizing frequently AND the ease considerations.

The Union Street Cardigan features subtle texture changes in addition to a  chevron eyelet pattern that cascades down the yoke and front panels of the sweater.  The directions were easy to follow as there were great charts and clearly written pattern information. For the yarn, I selected Cascade 220 Sport in Daffodil. I needed a bright cardigan for my wardrobe and the butter color of this yarn grabbed my eye almost immediately.

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My research on Ravelry indicated two knitter concerns 1) The sleeves knit up a little snug as per the pattern directions and 2) The sweater knits up a little shorter than expected. I am glad I completed my research as both of these “issues” did occur.

To fix the sleeve issue, I added 4 stitches at the bottom of the armhole and then did not complete the stated decreases along the sleeve. The sleeves are still a little snug in the bicep yet, aggressive blocking allowed me a little more room. I will note that I dried my sweater on a drying rack and now you can see the bar indents. Hopefully, some wear or another wash will make those disappear….AGH!

As for the length, the pattern picture is a little deceptive. It looks like the result is a cardigan that ends at the upper thigh. Knitting all rows mine ends at my hip area. I have nothing to complain about as I am less than 5′ so the original length would have been too long for me. However, taller knitters beware.

I am so glad this cardigan  worked up as smooth as butter. Layers are key for living in San Francisco so this sweater will be a much appreciated addition to my wardrobe.

Until Next Time

-Whit-

WIP Wenesday

Last week I got started on a new sweater for spring. My One-Way Tee is going well. This is a great knit for watching interesting TV shows. It is basically stockinette aside from the lace panel. Therefore, I pretty much can knit without looking until I hit the stitch markers. I made the executive decision to knit the torso in the round rather than in panels as the pattern states. I know by the time I finish this project I will not be in the mood to do much seam sewing. 

 I am loving this color. Originally, I was going to go with the lime green color as shown on the model. However, when I was at Stitches West and found a giant cone of peach colored yarn,  I knew that my sweater should channel springtime. Since this yarn choice is worsted weight rather then DK I ended up swatching and found out that a US size 6 needle was most appropriate.



Can’t wait to show the finished project soon! 

To Swatch or Not To Swatch?

I hate making swatches. They just keep me from diving into a new project.

I am beginning the One Way Tee by Debbie O’Neill ( Interweave Knits Spring 2015) today. Yay! I purchased  a worsted weight 100% wool yarn (on sale at Stitches West) and the pattern calls for DK weight. I could just make the x-small size to compensate for thicker yarn and bigger needles. However, since I will be spending a lot of time creating my garment, I have convinced myself to do it right. No cutting corners! Hopefully, my gauge matches as I really hate to do the math.

What are you working on this weekend?