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Braided Cable Cardigan – Complete!

I got a chance this evening to sew the buttons to Eva’s sweater. The Celtic knot buttons that I wanted to use fit perfectly, thank goodness. 🙂


Locking stitch makers have made my life so much easier. I don’t know why I waited forever to buy some.


Can I just say that I love, love, LOVE this sweater?! Isn’t it the cutest thing ever? 🙂


I’m not a huge fan of this type of collar, but I think it works for this piece. I hope it lays flat when worn. I wouldn’t want Eva to be mistaken for one of those “popped collar” folks.


The stats on this one are as follows:
*1.9 hanks Knit Picks Swish Tonal in “Blue Violet”
*Size 6, 7, and 8 needles
*Modified sleeves to make them short

More details can be found on my Rav page.


This sweater came out a little big (imagine that!), so Eva will get lots of wear out of it. I haven’t forced her to try it on, yet, because the temperature has been in the 90’s. It’s supposed to cool down this weekend, though, so maybe we’ll try then.



Braided Cable Cardigan – Sixth Progress Report

You’re in luck! 😀 Tonight I’m offering a sneak peak of Eva’s sweater. I finished the knitting yesterday, and pinned it out on the blocking board, but it hasn’t dried, yet. I snapped this shot pre-blocking:


I think I may have found the perfect buttons in my stash, but I’m afraid they might be too small.


They are 5/8″, so I’ll have to try them out when the sweater is done blocking. I bought them super on sale from Knit Picks a while ago. I just love Celtic stuff, can’t you tell?

If these don’t work, I may (gasp!) have to make a trip to Hobby Lobby. I don’t have many larger buttons in my ginormous button stash. I think my button-hoarding sister took them all. 🙂

My decision to go with short sleeves was a wise one. Here’s what remains:


There’s enough there to maybe make a knitted ball. I don’t know when I’ll get around to doing that, but I can’t bear to throw anything away. I actually have a ziploc bag full of tiny scraps in my interchangeable pouch. You know, in case I need three pounds of random scraps to hold stitches…

Anywho, I hope to be able to finish up this sweater tomorrow, children permitting. 🙂


Braided Cable Cardigan – Fifth Progress Report

I made it to the ribbing at the bottom!!


Whew! I won’t lie, I was sick of cabling. I love the look of cables, but I don’t particularly like the process. I hate how tight that first row after the cables are turned is.

I’m still holding up on the yarn front.


That’s what I’ve got left. It should be enough to finish the hem and knit the (short) sleeves. I’d love to say I’ll have this thing finished by the end of the day, but I know better. 😉

In other news, I ordered yarn for three more projects. (Yes, I had nothing in my stash that would do. How is that even possible?) I’ll share pictures when the yarn arrives, but I will tell you that it’s of the Shelridge, Malabrigo, and MadTosh varieties. My taste is dangerously expensive, I’m afraid.


Braided Cable Cardigan – Fourth Progress Report

I guess you could say I’m nearing the finish line for this, since I’m definitely going to be knitting short sleeves.


I’m on row 91 of the body, and the pattern calls for 124 rows.  (I think. I don’t have the pattern in front of me to confirm.) To put it in perspective, I’ve done 3 of the 5 buttonholes.


Above is a picture of the remaining yarn. I’m disappointed that this sweater won’t have long sleeves, but I can always knit another. And besides, a short sleeved version will be great for the fall.

I’m getting dangerously close to button territory, so I’ve been thinking about what kind look I’d like. Do I want to go with rustic? Polished? Novelty? So many choices!


Braided Cable Cardigan – Third Progress Report

I am very, very worried. This is how far I’ve made it with half the yarn I have on hand for this project:


It’s not looking good for long sleeves, I’m afraid. I’ll probably do a couple rounds of stockinette and finish them off with some ribbing. It’ll still be cute. Let’s look on the bright side, short sleeves means I’ll have it finished sooner!

The tonal yarn is pooling, which doesn’t have me thrilled, but that’s the nature of variegated yarns. I’m sure Eva will wear it regardless of its perceived (by me) shortcomings.


Braided Cable Cardigan – Second Progress Report

At this point I’m well into the raglan portion of the sweater.  I even made my first buttonhole!


I really like how the cables are turning out. I think this sweater would look great in a tonal green to accentuate the whole celtic vibe. Maybe Kirsi will get one next year.   🙂

The fabric is very stiff, but I’m hoping that with blocking, the collar will lay down. I guess working with cotton and silk for my previous project has made me extra sensitive to the bulk and roughness of wool. I’ll adjust, I’m sure.


Braided Cable Cardigan – First Progress Report

I bound off my shrug yesterday, so of course I had to cast on something new as soon as possible. In my previous post, I showed you some Knit Picks Swish Worsted that I wound into cakes. Today I’ll show you what it’ll become and my progress.


Above is the start of a sweater jacket I’m making for Eva. I’ve made it a little farther than this photo shows, and I’m now cabling like crazy. The pattern has been a piece of cake so far, and I’m really enjoying this whole sweater-in-worsted-weight experience.

There’s one thing I’m not enjoying, though. I seem to be reacting to the yarn. It’s making me cough and my throat itch. I don’t know if bits of fiber are coming loose or if the chemicals used in processing the yarn are irritating me, but it’s pretty annoying. I hope a good soak and wash will clear everything up (And soften the yarn. I was surprised at how scratchy it is!). I don’t want Eva to wear a jacket that makes her feel sick. Thoughts?