Sunday, October 2, 2011

I Love Cables!

I just now, this very second (well about 20 minutes ago) I finished my first snuggly fall project.

I have a long sweater I bought at Old Navy waay back in 2000 or something like that. It's polyester and kinda frumpy, but I wear it at home all the time. As soon as I saw the cover of the fall issue of Interweave Knits peeking out of my mailbox I knew the Cardiff Coat would be a perfect replacement for my junky sweater.

Cardiff Coat not the junky sweater of old.
I've set about this season to challenge myself more when it comes to knitting. This pattern fit the bill. It was top down (which I love) it would be my 2nd cable project (a challenge) and it has reversible cables too (another challenge)!

The pretty pretty back view...ooh I love cables!

The Low Down
Pattern: Cardiff Coat by Jennifer Wood
Yarn: Ushya by Mirasol Yarn
Modifications: I knit the sleeves a bit longer because I like um that way.

Ooh you lovely cables you! These are the reversible ones.
As a way to challenge myself I did all the cables without a needle. A skill I taught myself while knitting this very cardigan. It was so great to not have to fiddle around with an extra needle. It's a little like living on the knitting edge because you have to let your stitches dangle in mid air for a half a second.

 I'm going to let you in on a few mishaps that happened while knitting this coat, but before I do that I'm going to confess that I pretty much make a least one mistake in every project I make. I think mostly it's because I'm knitting while watching TV so I'm not always paying the closest attention. Usually I go back a fix it if need be.

With this coat I made a serious error in the cables in that I totally forgot to do them in one part, EEK!
This wouldn't really be a problem except that I didn't notice until well after dividing for the arms. What did I do? I just left it. Chalked it up to to late and kept knitting.

Candid photo shoot photo.
I also want to mention that I have yet to block this thing because  I really love the cable all puffy. I wish that I would have considered this when deciding on what size because I would have made it one size larger. I think when I work up the motivation to blocking it It will lengthen a bit and fit much better, but for now I'm wearing it as is.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful!! Great job.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Kookababy. I'm doing this Cardiff sweater by Jennifer Woods now. I bought the magazine when it came out but have been afraid to do it until recently. I'm having some confusion with this patt(ern). At the very beginning it says to follow Row 1 for the pattern. In the instructions it says "Work 5 rows even in patt, working new sts in rev St st, ending with chart row 6." Huh???? I understand patt means pattern, but I really don't understand that statement, being confused by "even in patt(ern)" and working new sts in rev St st. I know sts means stitches and rev St st means reverse straight stitch. Does this mean only the back side will have the increase stitches? Also, if you work the pattern stitches, what happens to rows 2-6 in the illustration? Hope you won't mind helping me. If you don't mind, you can e-mail me directly at