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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Topsy Turvy

This month's jumper for the Sweater-a-Month KAL was the Cable Down Raglan from Interweave Knits Spring 2007. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw the previews and knew I had to get my mitts on the magazine. It's not that easy to find in the UK but I have a friend who lives near a stockist in the South and she offered to get it for me and bring it on her next visit north. I've been twitching ever since to get started but knew I had to get everything else finished first.


It's in RYC Cashsoft DK in Crush and took just under 500g for the 38" size with monkey arm sleeves. I decided to lengthen the sleeves rather than do the 3/4 ones in the pattern. I also altered the raglan increases to either knit or purl M1R/L accordingly as the ones given looked untidy as I worked them. The smaller cables were changed to have an equal number of stitches on each side because I'm OCD about things matching and they bothered me.

I went for a size smaller than I'd usually knit to make sure I had enough yarn and really like the fit. I still feel like I'm knitting upside down with this method, but I do like being able to try things on at an early stage to see how they fit. I don't like knitting sleeves in the round though, they seem to take ages as I have to work them individually. I don't think I'm fully taken with this way of doing things although the lack of seaming is winning me round. I've just ordered Fitted Knits so this won't be the last top down thing you see from me.

44 Comments:

At 12:14 am, Blogger The Fluffy Ewe said...

Rain, that sweater is just gorgeous! The fit is perfect and I also like the longer sleeves. Congrats on a job very well done!

You are so ambitious knittign as sweater a month, I'd be lucky to get a washcloth cranked out in a month. Lol

 
At 12:16 am, Blogger bfmomma said...

omg! it's beautiful!

I try to knit any and everything in the round! Could you do two sleeves on two circular needles at the same time (like the sock thing?) or even the magic loop? ;)

 
At 12:39 am, Blogger Veronique said...

Wow! It looks so good on you :) I like your mods too.

 
At 12:53 am, Blogger Bonnie said...

It's stunning! I like it much better than the one in the magazine! Beautiful color, too.

 
At 12:58 am, Blogger cpurl17 said...

Another beautiful sweater!! You picked the right size because it fits like a dream.


(BTW, anytime you need an Interweave Press magazine, just give a shout!)

 
At 1:03 am, Blogger Bezzie said...

I'm going to have to dig out that issue now. That sweater didn't do it for me until I saw yours all done up!

Very nice. I would have stalled out at the sleeves. You're keeping up with this KAL quite well!

 
At 1:24 am, Blogger Shelley said...

Your sweater looks gorgeous, and I really love that colour! You are doing so well at knitting a sweater a month. I think the only way I could join a KAL like that is if they had a "knit a sweater in a century"...hehehe.

 
At 2:08 am, Blogger Kelly said...

another beautiful sweater Rain! Love all that cabley goodness!

 
At 2:36 am, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

this is beautiful! much nicer than the magazine, for sure! the color is great and it fits you perfectly.
I a with bfmomma, knit two sleeves on two circ needles, just like socks. it make them perfectly identical.

 
At 3:31 am, Blogger Zonda said...

Fabulous!!! It looks awesome on you!

 
At 3:34 am, Blogger Peg-woolinmysoup said...

Beautiful! I have admired that pattern and I also thought I would knit it with long sleeves. I am not a big fan of 3/4 sleeves, except in summer and that is such a lovely sweater I bet you plan to wear it year round!

 
At 5:28 am, Blogger Stefaneener said...

That looks lovely on you. Really curvy and old-fashioned in the nicest way possible.

Your changes just crack me up, though. I love the OCD knitting. I know about the sleeves -- but I find it usually worth it by the end.

 
At 7:03 am, Blogger Charity said...

This is so flattering on you, Rain, I love it! :0)

 
At 8:22 am, Blogger Queen of the froggers. said...

It is lovely, the pink is great and I prefer the long sleeves.

 
At 10:08 am, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Oooh, I love that design and the shade you've chosen is just gorgeous! It looks so elegant! I admire the fact that you're able to knit a sweater a month but, most of all, I admire the sheer will power you must have to finish off other stuff first before starting on something you're itching to knit!

 
At 10:46 am, Blogger Daisy said...

Oh wow! It looks beautiful!

 
At 10:56 am, Blogger Kath said...

Oh that does look lovely - and I much rather the long length sleeves as well. Good to know just how much yarn it took as well with the modifications. I just can't belive you knitted it up in just a month! Well Done!

 
At 11:13 am, Blogger donnac1968 said...

That is amazing, and a fantastic colour.

 
At 11:43 am, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Seriously stunning! What a flattering style and fit for you!

Top down in the round is my favorite construction, but it could be my lack of finishing skills speaking here :)

 
At 2:24 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

I can't believe how much you're knitting. That is a jumper I would really love to wear, it's beautiful. I'm all for the longer sleeves too but without a dishwasher they'd be permanently soggy :D
You'll love Fitted Knits.

 
At 2:34 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

Blimey! You are speedy! It's fabulous - I have it on my 'to do' list and yours if making me want to start it even more!

 
At 4:39 pm, Blogger shazrazzamatazz said...

How on earth do you find the time to knit a sweater a month?!

That's a beautiful jumper, and very flattering with where the way it tapers at the waist.

 
At 5:47 pm, Blogger Batty said...

Gorgeous. The fit is amazing, so very flattering. Great job!

 
At 7:33 pm, Blogger Octopus Knits said...

Beautiful job! It looks lovely on you! Enjoy "Fitted Knits" -- it's got lots of great patterns.

 
At 2:47 am, Anonymous Knittypants said...

Rain, your sweater is lovely! So flattering and I love the color you chose. Can't wait to see what you pick from Fitted Knits.

 
At 11:44 am, Anonymous Sue said...

So, so pretty. That is on my to-do list and I think I will lengthen the sleeves too. I like your version a lot.

 
At 3:55 pm, Blogger amanda said...

Wow, it looks amazing! I just started mine and this makes me want to finish it asap!!

 
At 4:53 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

This sweater fits you perfectly! Congratulations on such a successful knit!

 
At 10:42 pm, Anonymous robin said...

I really love that sweater - the Cashsoft DK was an excellent choice, and the color is great! I have that on my Ravelry to-knit queue but may need to move it up.

 
At 11:16 pm, Blogger DomesticOverlord said...

Holy crap it's gorgeous! Truly, you must have all the very best sweaters.

 
At 4:02 am, Blogger R a i n said...

Wow, that's really awesome! Looks fab on you.

 
At 8:09 pm, Blogger modelwidow said...

That is just perfect, such a lovely design and a super colour.

 
At 9:50 pm, Blogger String Bean said...

I love that sweater! It looks much better with longer sleeves. I always have to lenthen sleeves to fit my long arms.

I can't believe you're knitting a sweater a month. I'd go nuts.

 
At 11:37 pm, Blogger Tusa said...

That is truly beautiful. Well done.

 
At 2:12 am, Blogger KnitPastis said...

It's totally beautiful! I like the way the cables turned out. Very chic!

 
At 1:45 pm, Blogger Piglottie said...

Stunning! I love it - gorgeous colour and fits perfectly.

 
At 5:36 pm, Anonymous Rachel said...

Wow, that looks wonderful! I didn't really think too much of that pattern when I first saw it, but the more of them I see made on blogs, the more I like it. Beautiful color, too!

 
At 6:42 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Oh that is just gorgeous! I love the longer sleeves too. Definitely on my to-do list.

 
At 9:58 am, Blogger Ling said...

Beautiful sweater. Love the colour and you should get the book - there are some pretty great knits in there!

 
At 10:44 am, Blogger acrylik said...

*swoons* That jumper is just perfect. I love it.

 
At 2:16 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Wow! Awesome job on the fit. Sometimes it's hard to make the decision to go with a size smaller than you normally would, but look at what happens when you trust yourself! It's gorgeous!

 
At 2:05 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Gorgeous sweater and amazing fit! Wow, you're not taking any shortcuts on your sweater-a-month, are you?

 
At 9:57 am, Blogger Artis-Anne said...

Oh my that is beautiful . I have this pattern and I too love it and agree its so much better with longer sleeves

 
At 1:41 am, Blogger Bad Amy said...

Rain, that sweater is simply gorgeous on you!

 

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