Last Blast of Winter

Project – Carmela's Cardigan
Patons Pattern Book #500860 – Top Down Classics
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Sea Ice Tweeds
Blogger – YoElizbo

This time of year all I want is a warm sweater. Never mind that my magnolia is blooming, the daffodils are up, and despite the unseasonably warm weather out here in the Pacific Northwest this winter (sorry about the slushy Winter Olympics!) it has turned cold all of a sudden. March is never nice, and so it is the perfect month to be cuddling up with sweater knitting. While I may only get to wear this a handful of times before next winter, at least I can start next winter in style with Patons Carmela's Cardigan from Top Down Classics to Knit.

I've been in love with that vertical cabled neckline for some time now, so when I saw Carmela, the pattern had me at "hello." Knit in Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds--which by the way is incredibly soft and lovely to knit with--I knew this would be a fast knit--even with the intricate cables. I know some people get a little jumpy or nervous about what look like really tricky cables, but they aren't that hard. Besides, the neckline acts like one big practice swatch, so by the time you finish with it, you are the Cable Master. Here is a close up of the neck line cable:

This also shows the color the best, which is Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Sea Ice.

Because instead of casting on for the big sweater, you cast on less than two dozen stitches and knit those to the right length. Yeah, like I said, one big swatch. Here is mine:

You might notice that I have already picked up the stitches to start knitting the body, but you get the idea--knit a long strip, then pick up along the edge and knit down. When I did the pick up along the edge, I divided the number of stitches by four and then mark the cabled strip accordingly. I do this to avoid just picking up randomly and hoping that by the end I have enough stitches. Even with the markers, I used that old rule of 2 stitches for every 3 rows and that helped keep it even.

A couple of tips on this project if you get all enamored and want to knit one--if only to have something warm at night to curl up with until Spring really gets around to warming us all up--get an extra skein of yarn and make sure you read the erratum. The yarn amounts in the book are incorrect--the ones for the Shetland Chunky and the Tweed Chunky are reversed and even then, I would suggest again, getting an extra skein of yarn beyond that. There is also an updated chart for the cables. Make sure to print that out before you get started.

So this is how I am spending my March. Are you still in the throes of winter knitting or are spring and summer projects beckoning?

-YoElizbo

Comments

This question was just brought up in our knitting group! We are here in Philadelphia after a long hard winter and it is our first beautiful set of days. How do you keep up the motivation to finish your winter projects when the weather is super nice! The urge to start new spring projects is strong! The group decided that we just have to finish the projects that we have been working on and next group we will start thinking about spring and summer fashions!

It is hard to get them finished up when the daffodils are blooming and the sun is shining, but I keep telling myself that it will be my new favorite come next fall.

No wonder you had tips on picking up large numbers of stitches! Cables are addictive. I was so glad my Cable Car Coat started with the big boring back piece, which was plain old stockinette. Had I made that piece last, I would have had to force myself to finish it. Do the cables on your sweater go all the way around?

Yes, the cables go all the way around--it is incredibly cool.

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