Friday, July 17, 2009

Cal-looney

I've been knitting away on Calluna, despite the 90 degree heat here in Southern California. With air conditioning, I can almost pretend it will someday be winter again.

As usual, I'm concerned about the size of this one. I'm making the 36" size for my 35" chest. I forgot that it's generally better to add a little more ease for cardigans than for pullovers. Especially with a fairly fitted design like this one. I'm also using a worsted weight yarn instead of the aran weight called for. I am getting gauge, and the measurements are pretty close to the schematics, but it looks a bit snug on Bertha.

I'm hoping (and expecting) that blocking will relax the fabric and also take care of that annoying rolling at the button band.

Knowing that this will be a winter sweater, I'd already decided to make the sleeves full length. I've also decided to incorporate ring cables into the sleeves and give them some shaping instead of making straight, moss stitch sleeves as the pattern calls for.

I'm thinking two of these cables will create a nice, slightly bell shaped sleeve. Then I'll work the upper sleeves in moss stitch, maybe set off from the cable section with 1x1 ribbing, as I did for the body.

This is a fun knit; easier than it looks, too. Even with the cables and the pattern stitch, it only requires occasional pattern-checking, so it's good tv/supervising kids/social knitting. Now I'm off to cast on the sleeves!

13 comments:

seashells said...

nice!

Lori said...

Looks good so far! I love the color/yarn/pattern combo!

Karen said...

Blocking will definitely correct any tiny defects. It's simply gorgeous! Love it!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Such a great combo of stitch patterns!

Lol said...

Hi EZ says to get bell shaped sleeves knit them straight? Never tried it. On straight sleeves those lovely cables would make them look bell shaped, or are you looking for a bigger flare?

Maureen said...

Very pretty!! Love the colourway!

Renee said...

Gorgeous colour and pattern. Can't wait to see it completed. :)

vanfox23 said...

very pretty

Wanderingcatstudio said...

It looks terrific

Karen said...

Looking good! I love the yarn you're using too.

Amy S. said...

Gorgeous sweater! Is that a hood in the pattern pic? Are you making it?

Stephanie said...

I love the big ring cables the color!

Kim said...

Just beautiful. LOVE. THAT. COLOR.