great job and it fits well!
WHAHHH!! I looked at every craft store and B & N this weekend and can not find a copy of this magazine.
Your sweater is BEAUTIFUL, I will persist and find a copy of this magazine…
How many skeins did you use? Which needle size?
Gorgeous! I need to put that on my list!
I absolutely love that sweater, and it looks just gorgeous on you!!
Wow, thanks everyone! I just really liked the pattern when I saw it in Cast ON. It’s meant to be a close fit, but it’s also forgiving because of the ribbing. The directions were very straightforward, which appealed to me. I had never knit anything top-down before until now.
I ordered 6 skeins, but had enough left over to make a long sleeve shrug for my 15-month-old (see WIP pic below)and will still have a little bit left. When I wound the skeins into balls (Sierra actually comes in hanks), I found a couple of knots, so ended up with more than 6 balls. My point is, I unfortunately can’t remember exactly how many skeins I used, but I’ll guess at 4-5. I made the second to smallest size and went by the yardage given in the pattern (660?).
For those who are having trouble finding Cast On magazine: I found mine at either Michael’s or AC Moore.
How pretty is that!!!
I looked at Micheals and AC Moore to no luck and ended up ordering the issue from TKGA. Can you tell me the gauge stitches, needle size and the yarn used in the magazine? I plan to go to LYS this weekend and want to look for yarn while I wait for the magazine to arrive.
No problem! Here are the specs:
Gauge: 14 sts & 18 rows = 4"/10 cm stockinette using US 10.5 circular. Needles: Sizes 10.5 (6.5 mm) 24" (60 cm) circular and 9 (5.5 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular. Size 9 (5.5 mm) dpns. Cable needle. Tapestry needle. Yarn: Catalina Baby Alpaca Chunky (3.5oz/99g), 109 yd/100m, 100% baby alpaca: 5 (6, 7, 8] skeins #106 coral melange. Finished Measurements: Chest: 32 (36, 42, 47)" Length: 22.5, (24, 26, 27.5)"
[color=blue]Yarn notes:[/color] If you have trouble finding a similar yarn at your LYS or perhaps don’t want to order the Catalina yarn used in the pattern, Knitpicks Sierra was a good substitute. My gauge was slightly different (15 sts & 20 rows), but with this pattern it didn’t matter because I didn’t mind allowing the size I chose to do be ever so slightly bigger. Also, it is SO WORTH IT to use the alpaca (or something with alpaca being the primary makeup) because it will be softer at the top of the sweater where the backs of the cables stretch over your collar bone and shoulder blades (the itch-prone areas).
[color=blue]Length:[/color] When knitting the bust area in stockinette st, check to see that it actually covers your bust before beginning the 2x2 rib. I had to do an extra inch.
:happydance: Thanks Jackie!!!
Absolutely amazing!!! A great top and less than a week of work! YAY!
Okay, so I have been trying the combined knitting to do the rib stitches. Here is my problem. I am doing a 1x1 rib, and with the combined, my knit stitches actually look more loose. I am wondering if you have tried this technique on a 1x1? I was really excited for great looking ribbing, but alas, it is worse than my normal knitting. The way I understand your post (and Nona’s) on a 1x1 rib, on straight needles, I would basically wrap every purl stitch the wrong way. Then on subsequent rows, I would knit into the back loop of every knit stitch and continue to wrap the wrong way on the purls?
That is what I did anyway, and I am obviously not doing it right.
Holy smokes, girl, you’re FAST. Wow.
The sweater looks perfect on you!!
its absolutely beautiful. I’m impressed! especially with the speed knitting. My hands are cramping just thinking about it!
That’s correct. I also had some trouble with the evenness of the stitches despite using combined method. This little trick helps (especially on 2x2 rib): after completing the clockwise purl stitch, tug your left needle forward and you right needle backward with your wrists at the same time.
Really pretty and the shaping is perfect!