my lunch (plus coffee, always coffee!) – reminds me of the yarn (I’m still not sure of the true colour, pink or deep red?)
Pattern: Turbulence U-Neck Pullover Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Debblie Bliss cashmerino dk
Needles: Addi turbos 3.5 mm & 4 mm
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches
This pullover was a straightforward knit – make a front, back, two sleeves, submerge block and then sew, sew, sew. The front piece with the gorgeous cable was the most interesting part of the project, but it went by too quickly. I stuck to the pattern, but if I had to knit it again, I’d consider knitting it in the round and adding waist shaping. It’s big on me and very square/boxy – my own fault, I should have taken the time and adjusted the pattern knowing that the measurements given for the petite size were going to be too big.
The turbulence cable chart is missing row 36 – no big deal, just follow the established pattern – then the next row will be a knit row and you decrease 4 sts between the markers evenly.
I’m not completely satisfied with the finishing job I did on this sweater. I spent days blocking, carefully pinning the pieces together, sewing them up, picking up stitches. I held up the sweater and knew immediately that I needed to work on assembling a sweater. Maybe pressing the seams would help, but I think it would just emphasize my sloppy sew up job. More practice? (This is my second sweater with set in sleeves and lots of seams.) Bottom line: I want my projects to look hand-knit, not homemade. It’s all in the details and finishing, no?
07/06/2006 at 9:28 pm
It looks great – especially the cabley part at the neckline. Set-in sleeves can be quite challenging. What seaming method did you use? I used to crochet the seams together and they were bulky. Now I mattress stitch and it’s much better.
07/06/2006 at 10:19 pm
awww Ive been waiting to here/see this one! Im thinking about knitting it with some baby alpaca.
the cabling looks great!
07/06/2006 at 10:34 pm
It looks great from here! Sizing is the reason I’ve been putting off knitting anything from this book although there are a few designs that I adore, including the one you’ve just completed. I’ve even considered using thinner yarn than called for to achieve a smaller size than its petite.
07/07/2006 at 1:20 am
OH! I just love to knit anything by Norah Gaughan! You did a beautiful job, too.
07/07/2006 at 11:52 am
What a beautiful sweater – wow! Going to do another one from the book?
07/07/2006 at 1:02 pm
Don’t worry, you are not alone in having trouble with seaming. “Knitting in Plain English”, a 20 year old paperback that is still in print, is extremely helpful.
I followed the instructions and my set-in sleeve came out perfectly, like someone else had done it. 😉
07/08/2006 at 7:24 am
The cables look like great, and the color is gorgeous! I’ve been putting off making something from that book too, as I would need to resize some of the patterns too. Maybe you could model your sweater for us? 🙂
07/10/2006 at 10:55 pm
Your Turbulence looks great! I’m working on that pattern myself right now. I haven’t posted anything on the Knitting Nature KAL Blog, because I’m just working on the back and there’s not much to show. The stockingette made good movie knitting when I went to see “The Devil Wears Prada” today!
08/12/2006 at 9:27 am
I am so happy to see this finished one – I think it looks truly beautiful! and from here, the finishing looks top-notch!