Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Death By Cables

I have been knitting, but much of it has been unbloggable. No, I'm not knitting gifts! I am working on a project that I'm hoping to submit to Knitty, though, so I can't share it with you yet.

But just so you don't feel too left out, here is some knitting I can show you.



This is the Dickinson Pullover from the Fall 2007 IK (my favorite-ever issue of any knitting magazine). I love cables. I love the texture and the appearance of movement and the way I feel so unbelievably clever when I execute one successfully, even though I'm just following the pattern. With my spatial orientation issues, the reordering of stitches to form fancy shapes is like a little miracle to me. But it is possible--just possible--that there may be a few too many cables in this sweater. And not only are there cables, but there are also pattern stitches and ribbing and shaping and charts. Oh, yeah. There are charts. Each row has three different charts, which all have different row repeats. Meaning, for each row, you have to figure out which row of each of three different charts you are supposed to be working. This is fun and challenging, but makes this project not terribly suitable for working while supervising children, sipping wine, talking, watching tv, breathing...

There's been a lot of frogging and tinking around here lately. And there may be a small row gauge issue happening, too. I substituted a completely different yarn, of course, and although my stitch gauge is fine, my row gauge is...not. I probably could have figured this out in advance, had I actually swatched in pattern, or even checked my row gauge at any point before completing the back of the sweater, but I didn't. Because this is a raglan sweater, the row gauge matters. One might think I had learned this lesson as a result of my ill-fated Ariann, but apparently, I am a slow learner. I am still telling myself that it's not significant and that an extra inch, or two, or three in the armhole will make no difference in the finished sweater. It will block out, right? And anyway, I hear dolman sleeves are making a comeback.

13 comments:

Tammy said...

That's funny. I was just looking at that pattern again last night. A cable now and then can be fun... but too many and it becomes torture.

Kim said...

3 charts per row!! That is total insanity, but I must say it looks awesome. Yes, Dolman sleeves are making a comeback. The off-the-shoulder Flash Dance look is coming back soon too. Just so you know.

kmkat said...

I feel that way about cables, too. They are magic, no doubt about it. I've only made one cabled garment, though, many many years ago -- happily, the designer had made all the patterns work together so everything happened on the same row.

Yours is one gorgeous sweater. I love red.

melissaknits said...

I think it sounds heavenly.

If you want, you could put it aside and make a gift for some thankless, thoughtless heedless person.
That is EVERYONE'S favorite knitting mag ever, I swear!!

knitwitmama said...

hmmm I rarely check row gauge. Perhaps I should, it could explain some quirky results.
I want to make a red sweater too. and I love cables. They are so easy yet look impressive. :)

Kristin said...

I'm so excited, I have been waiting for someone I know to have a design in Knitty.

I am no help with your row gauge problem, it is something I ignore.

Angelika said...

Can't wait to see the Knitty issue. Please post a link, when it comes out. And I absolutely love the cables. You are right, blocking can work wonders.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Really gorgeous color! Cables are fun when the mood strikes, which for me means that I need a lot of time and silence!

Gail said...

That is a great start. I haven't made many things with cables although I love them because I'm scared. I'll see ya at the knit together:)

dale-harriet said...

Beautiful! And timely -- I'm about to start another Irish Hiking Scarf variation, so appreciate your inspiration, thank you! :-)

Sarah said...

I can't wait to see the big secret project. Maybe after you are done you could work on one that can be worked one handed while sipping wine.

uberstrickenfrau said...

wow. Your really and truely doing it. wow....oh my...wow.



gee.

And Knitty too?

wow.
I'm not worthy to comment on your blog.

Knitman said...

Now that is beautiful.....