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Sunday, September 03, 2006 

Finished object!

Ta-daa! Behold my latest FO, the Karabella Cabled Cardigan:

Pattern: Cabled Cardigan #183 from Karabella Yarns,
Yarn: Kid Classic "Lavender ice" from Rowan
Yardage: 8 balls (140 m each)
Yarn Source: Yll & Tyll
Needles: Mostly 4.5 mm
Gauge: 24 st/10 cm in cables
Modifications: Everything made longer (except for yoke), lifting front edge stitches on bottom ribbing, adding stitches to edges for seaming, 3-needle bind off joining yoke and cardi instead of casting off and sewing together (oh so clever).

What more can I tell you? It took me three weeks to knit this, but it rested for a few days too, so this definitely qualifies as a quick knit. I absolutely love the yarn, which is soft and bouncy and perfect for cables. Also not too expensive (SEK 63), due to its decent yardage: 140 metres a ball.

The pattern is very pretty, but perhaps not really thought through. There are some typos, and I can't understand why there are no side stitches in the pattern. The cables go all the way out, and when joining pieces you actually have to sew in the last stitch of the cables. Affreux! I didn't discover this in time, but on the fronts I moved the cables to I'd have a little extra for seam allowance. I would have liked the same spacing between the cables in the bottom and then increase under arms, instead of having nothing to begin with and ending up with the "right" amount of stitches under the arms, where people normally don't look. It's not the way a yarnlover would do it.

But life, and the knitting, goes on. I've found a nice beret pattern for my greens. I'm going to make it striped and then knit a matching scarf (same stripes, same ribbing) from the rest of the yarn. I have a total of 700 metres, so I think it'll be enough.

The Shedir turned out to be too short, since I made only three pattern repeats (as recommended by many of those who have knitted it) instead of five. Four will be just enough I think. Should I frog or should I cut, knit and graft?

The sweater is gorgeous! It looks just like you describe it...soft and comfy, but very pretty in that color. I would frog Shedir. The stretchiness of the yarn sounds dangerous for cutting. And you only have to frog the decrease section, right?

Very good point, Ruby! Yes, it's just the decreases. And now that I've finished the cardigan, I might find the strength to reknit half the hat.

Superfin cardigan! den ser helt ljuvlig ut! Och jag är imponerad över hut fort du stickat! Sehr gut!

Dear Linn,
the cardi is just wonderful! Looks really very soft.
I´d frog Shedir. Knit the fourth patternrepeat and then do the decrease.

Å vad snygg! Grym!

Vilken söt kofta!

Vill ha, vill ha!

Å! alldeles, alldeles underbar!

Super cute! Very lovely! And that colour!

Your sweater looks fabulous; very flattering as well as comfortable. I love that color on you. Great job!

The sweater is so beautiful. It looks awesome on you!

The sweater looks awesome on you! Great job.

pretty!!! /myra

Nice! Love the colours, love the hat!

Den ble utrolig flott, nydelig farge du har valgt!

I love the cardican:)

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