Sadly, I have had to abandon my cable cardigan and will frog it in due course. I just didn't have enough yarn and couldn't find a fudge I could live with. However I love the pattern so will try again with a different yarn - once I can decide what to use!
I've started the sleeve using one strand of the body yarn together with the soft white cashmere I have. It is not ideal though the effect varies according to the angle and the light. But I don't have enough of anything to knit the whole cardigan - the cables really eat yarn! And I am housebound and not fashion conscious so no one much sees me. And I badly need a warm cardigan. So this seems the best fo some not very good options. I do find that once the oil is washed out and the yarn has been washed a few times the colour generally softens a good deal - which would be a good thing in this case - fingers crossed!
Sunny is now 8 months old but still barely 3 kilos in weight - which didn't stop her catching, killing and bringing in a grey squirrel recently. She dismembered it all over the carpet - oh well, I was planning to shampoo the carpets anyhow!
I have finished the first front and attached it to the back. I slightly altered the neck line to suit my figure better. The one problem is that I am using a lot more yarn than I expected and am not going to have enough. I can certainly finish the other front and then I will need to decide what to do about the sleeves - I will need to add some other cashmere yarn, but am not sure which yet.
Here I have started the first front. I like the integral brioche stitch band.
There are several different things going on at different rates - which is why I have 3 different colours of markers. The band has short rows after every 6 rows. The green markers mark pattern where the cables cross on rows 5 and 11 of a 12 row repeat, the purple markers mark a pattern change on rows 2 and 8 of this 12 row repeat. The 12 row repeat and 6 row repeats are out of step with each other.
And I want to work 107 pattern rows, so I have a peg board with 3 different count-ups going on at once. Top left is the 6 row repeat, bottom left the 12 row repeat and bottom right the total starting above the rib section.
I have made one change, starting all the cable patterns at the same point instead of having one start part-way up the ribbing.
I am making progress with the Mari Dembrow pattern. This is the back and as you can see I have got past the armhole shaping.
Normally I would add short rows at this point to accomodate my dowager's hump, but the pattern means that this time I will just work the upper back longer than normal and ease the excess when I pick up for the sleeves.
I just had to grab my camera when I went to the bathroom and found Sunny relaxing in the hall. She was almost asleep so I didn't dare switch the light on - which is why the first one is a bit blurred. You can still see her bald tummy.
Because I walk with elbow crutches, carrying things is difficult, so I make large poachers pockets and sew them to the inside of all my cardigans. Why the inside? If you are not very mobile, pockets on the outside of garments can too easily get caught on things and pull one off-balance.
These are the pockets for the inside of my cable pattern cardigan. The cardigan is knitted with two strands of yarn held together, so the pockets are done with one strand to reduce bulk. Stocking stitch flops too much to be convenient for big pockets, so I have made a corner to corner garter stitch square and then picked up along one side and worked a garter stitch hem on fewer stitches than normal. This pulls the top in and stops things falling out of the pockets.
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living in London.