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Noro Cardigan FO

Here was the idea….

And here it is all finished and keeping me warm:

And here I am pretending I don’t know my photo is being taken..

Things I learned in designing this sweater:

*My shoulders are not as wide as I imagine them to be. I’ll use my actual shoulder measurements next time, not measurements from sweaters that already fit around my hips.

* Fitted sleeves matter to me.

* Think through the wearing of the sweater, and not just the aesthetics. I will have pockets in my next jacket. And maybe in this one too, except I don’t think the Noro can handle pockets.

*Noro Kureyon is soft, and gets a lot softer and more drapey after blocking. Also it lengthens with blocking. And maybe also with wear.  It is, perhaps, not an appropriate yarn all by itself for a jacket. Or any heavy structural thing. Think light and squishy stuff for this yarn. But nevertheless, this jacket is lots of fun to wear.

*I languished in the making of this sweater in part because the palette is so strong. During certain seasons of the year, I could not imagine myself wearing it, and so lost interest in it. Of course, as soon as the leaves started to turn, I NEEDED the sweater. I’m not sure what the lesson is here… trust my instincts? Stretch a little? Or stick to safe colors for projects with a heavy investment. Or maybe I haven’t learned a thing. That is always possible.

*I ALWAYS overestimate the amount of yarn I need for a project. In this case, I have more than enough yarn left to make another of these sweaters, along with hats and scarves to match. Anybody feel like a trade?

*Sweaterwizard is okay software for getting a pattern started and estimating yarn (which I did after purchasing the yarn), but has too many limitations for me. I’m trying out the Cochenille suite one of these days, and will let you know what I think. I think I’ll love it, since it came recommended from hot knit designers…

*Learning little tricks from great knitters is a worthy lifelong pursuit. Especially finishing tricks. Thanks so much to my teachers for this sweater, Dixie, and Maureen.

And I’m back to the fair isle vest I frogged enroute to Stonington, where it is raining and grey and foggy,  just the way I like my Maine seashore…


Noro Cardigan Blocking

Noro Cardigan Blocking

And it is done! Actually, it’s been all done but for the buttonhole finishing and end-weaving, and just sitting there in its bag for, oh, a couple of weeks now… It should be dry in the morning. And tomorrow? Temps should reach the upper 80s….

But I’m headed to Maine for a few days, where it ought to be cool enough to climb into this for a photo. Will post again then…

Noro Cardigan WIP

Noro Cardigan WIP 1

Well, it’s coming right along, right along. Should have been done by now, of course, but this is me we’re talking about, and maybe a dozen projects have taken the spotlight between starting and now… Think we need big patch pockets on this baby, and quite a long hem of cables, which I have now cast on. Found the perfect buttons. Will post those when I’ve finished the buttonholes…

Noro Kureyon Sweater WIP

Noro Kureyon Sweater WIP

And here it is so far. Back, fronts, one sleeve done, the other coming. Went with provisional cast on so I could put the bottom band on in one run. The cable swatch I have there is just to give you the idea of how those four-inch cable button bands, edgings, and cuffs and collar will come out in the end. My heart is in my throat at this point. I’m finishing my second sleeve, will cast on for the button bands next, then do the collar, sew the sleeves and side seams, and finish with the bottom band.

Noro Kureyon Sweater Idea

Noro Kureyon Sweater Idea

I’m taking a finishing class through the knitting guild. It’s an involved, four-month-long class wherein we knit a lot of little samples as we practice various seams and pickups and collars and sleeves and increases and decreases, oh my. The final project is a finished Cardigan. Well. I had all this Noro and no pattern that I loved, so I pulled up the Sweater Wizard, and the graph paper, and am doing this thing here. This is the concept….