In an attempt to keep each other honest and out of the LYS, Nathania and Norma made an agreement to knit Patons' Must Have Cardigan (from the Patons Street Smart book) out of yarn in their respective stashes. As soon as they announced it on their blogs a chorus of "Me too"s was heard and so this knitalong was born. Start date is Feb. 1 and the rules are simple, just join us in knitting this fabulous cabled cardigan and record your progress here on this blog. All Must Havers will be able to post their own progress and photos. Email Nathania for an invitation to the group.
Button courtesy Abby
I haven't forgotten you, Knitalong. I've just put the Must Have on the back burner for a while. I expect I'll pick it back up mid- to late summer and finish it then. I'm still excited about this sweater and the yarn I've chosen and I very much look forward to wearing it this fall -- maybe even to Rhinebeck if I'm lucky! Meanwhile, I want to do a few spring and summer things. Happy spring, everybody!
I can't believe it. I finished. I really thought that I wouldn't when I started this project but I held firm on not starting any other big projects while this one was on the needles and it paid off.
Here's a sneak peek but I'll be posting it to my blog tomorrow so you can see the back there. Thanks for all the support here! I really appreciate it. This was the one knitting hill I'd always been avoiding and who'd have thunk it that the answer for me was just as simple as a check-off sheet. Yeesh. The cables that I haven't knit over the years! What a waste.
I know now why this sweater is called the Must Have! All-over cables usually aren't my thing, but I love knitting them, and I seriously love the way this sweater fits and looks. And such an addictive pattern. This was one good knit.
I got off to a late start with my Must Have, and after finally getting started, I spent some time fixing careless (or preoccupied) mistakes - and realizing I was wrapping my yarn for the wraps incorrectly - as I worked my way up the left front. But, the left front is finished now, and I think it's turning out great. I'm using a variegated WoolPak from my stash.
I love the three cable panels (A, B, and the wraps), and I was surprised to find that panel B makes sense to me - meaning I can tell what I need to do when I get to that section even without checking my notes. I still keep a copious list of what row I'm on, and what row of each panel that means I need to work. But I was happy to find that the cables clicked for me.
I haven't said anything before because I was embarrassed at how long it has taken me to finish the Must Have. I put it down for a spell. Well, you know how it is. Anyway, I finished this week and posted details on my blog. I have enjoyed watching everyone else's progress and color choices. I am planning the next one.
I just joined, this is my first knit-along. I have no pattern yet, and the yarn is on order... I plan to use use Dynamite Lamb's Pride. I am inspired by so many beautiful pieces in all stages of progress.