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.