Patons Shetland Chunky

FO: Michelle Sweater

Project – Michelle’s Pullover
Pattern Book – Top Down Classics #500860
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky
Blogger – YoElizbo

Finally rescued my Michelle sweater from my Mom's house and sat down and got knitting. When I got the body done, I tried it on, and discovered that I loved it--and had

Top Down Love

Project – Michelle's Pullover
Pattern Book – Top Down Classics #500860
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky
Blogger – YoElizbo

I really do enjoy knitting a sweater from the top down, so I am loving knitting on my Michelle pullover, from Top Down Classics. Here are my Top Three Reasons for Top

Waiting in the Wings

For a while now, I've had this wonderful box of yarn waiting in the closet, taunting me every time I walk by to "just cast on a few stitches, you know you want to."

Yes, I know I want to, I would mutter back, but I have other projects to finish. . .

Here it was, a lovely

FO - Seed Stitch and Cable Bag in Patons Shetland Chunky

Project – Seed Stitch and Cable Bag
Patons Pattern Library - Free Pattern
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky in Lilac Lace

A simple project, this bag, but that doesn't mean I can't find a way to make mistakes.

This time, it was the sewing.

I was so focused on what I was going to do

Finishing My Cable & Seed Stitch Bag

Project – Seed Stitch and Cables Bag
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky in Lilac Lace
Blogger – JDKnits

With the knitting all done on my Cable & Seed Stitch bag, I went out and picked up some brocade fabric to line it.

Knitting: with Bobby Pins and Buttons

Project – Seed Stitch and Cables Bag
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky in Lilac Lace
Blogger – JDKnits

I'm knitting away like a good girl on my seed stitch bag. The pattern for the front, back and flap are the same, so I don't

Seed Stitch & Cable Bag

Project – Seed Stitch and Cables Bag
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky in Lilac Lace
Blogger – JDKnits

After you've been knitting for a while you start to get a feeling for the kinds of yarns that you enjoy playing with. Some people are dedicated natural fiber folk,

Pleating my case

With the blocking done, I was finally able to start assembling the Cable Car Coat. Shoulders first. Next, the cuffs. Did I mention that roughly 26" of sleeve needs to squeeze into each 16" cuff? The directions simply say, "Pleat sleeve at top seam to adjust length to fit cuff. Sew cuff in position."

Well, I thought I'd pleated it,

Presto Chango

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

As I said last week in my post, The ABCs of a Bad Knitter, I made the commitment to reknit my Carmela's Cardigan, so that means I had

The ABCs of A Bad Knitter

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

I started Carmela's Cardigan with great enthusiasm and knit like a madwoman because it was such a cool project and sadly, spring is here and there would be

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

Some Assembly Required

Project – Cable Car Coat
Patons Pattern Book #500872 Next Steps Six – Learn to Cable
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky in 03210 Rich Teal
Blogger – K1Paula2

Now that I've got all the main sections completed (yay!), I need to block the front panels, collar and cuffs and re-block the back (yes,

Little Miss Twists

Project – Cable Car Coat
Patons Pattern Book #500872 Next Steps Six – Learn to Cable
Yarn - Patons Shetland Chunky in 03210 Rich Teal
Blogger – K1Paula2

Here's the danger of getting too comfortable with cable patterns:

Double the Fun

Project – Cable Car Coat
Patons Pattern Book #500872 Next Steps Six – Learn to Cable
Yarn - Patons Shetland Chunky in 03210 Rich Teal
Blogger – K1Paula2

With the largest components of the Cable Car Coat completed, I've commenced with the cuffs. (Don't you just love alliteration?)

I decided to try a

More than halfway there

Project - Cable Car Coat
Patons Pattern Book #500872 Next Steps Six - Learn to Cable
Yarn - Patons Shetland Chunky in 03210 Rich Teal
Blogger - K1Paula2

Working on a big project can be daunting. Will I ever finish? Then, one day (or evening, in my case) as you knit your way

Refreshing Pause

I'd hoped to have the left front panel finished by now, but I needed to set my knitting aside for two evenings. One night I knocked out a cute lace scarf (crochet) for a birthday gift, and the next night was the birthday party.

I don't like pausing mid-project, since I feel as if I'm losing momentum, but some good

Twists & Turns

Now that I've begun the left front panel the knitting has gotten a lot more interesting. The cabling has begun!

I have a trusty old J-shaped cable needle, but decided to use a double-pointed needle instead. I'm working with US 10s, and my cable needle is probably the same diameter as a size 4 needle, so using the same size

Every stitch counts

The back piece of my cable car coat is being blocked now, thank goodness.

I had a minor problem when shaping the sides, toward the end of the first section of increases. I thought I'd kept close track of my progress, but somehow I crossed off four more rows than I'd actually done. When I'd checked off what I thought

Jumping Right In

It took a while to decide what I wanted my first Paton's project to be. Start small and work my way up to a major project? Choose something using a simple technique I know backwards and forwards? Nope. I like new knitting challenges and learning new skills, so I decided to start with something pretty ambitious: the Cable Car Coat

Faster than a speeding 4mm crochet hook

I read a lot of knitting blogs. I really enjoy reading about other knitters' successes and failures and everything that comes in between. I gotta admit though, I think I enjoy the failures the most. I especially love seeing seasoned knitters fail! It's not so much schadenfreude as a relief that even among the best of us, pobody's

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