Knit, Purl, Knit . . .

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My knitting needles and sock loom have been very busy! In the midst of knitting socks and dishcloths, I managed to finish my first sweater!

When I saw the pattern for the Askew Cardigan in the Spring 2013 edition of Knit Wear magazine, I knew I just had to make that sweater. My longstanding apprehension for knitting sleeves was quickly outweighed by the simple and slightly unorthodox design of the cardigan. I love the off-center opening and 3/4 length sleeves because they give the traditional cardigan a bit of a modern edge. There’s nothing dowdy about it!

I started knitting in early May after an exhaustive search for yarn. I settled on Fibra Natura Oak in Earth, which is super-soft and has a beautiful variegated color scheme. The knitting process started out easy, but once I had to start shaping armholes, I was so thankful for the wisdom of my aunt. She walked me through each step with the patience of a saint!

The buttons came from a button dealer in a small flea market in St. Germain, Wisconsin. I purposely bought old mismatched buttons to give my sweater a little personality.

Without further ado, here is my first sweater:

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Askew Cardigan
Photo and knitting by: c.b.w. 2013

While waiting out the process of wet blocking my sweater, I pulled out my sock loom and knit a pair of spiral stitch socks. These socks are a bit of a miracle because I swear the yarn I used is cursed. Last year, I tried to make a pair of socks with the same skein and it was a disaster. I ended up ripping out a completed sock after realizing it turned out two sizes too small (for reasons I still can’t figure out).  The skein was shoved in my yarn basket and stayed there until last week.

Once again, the yarn put up a fight. On the second sock, I had to rip out sixteen rows after making a bad mistake, (in a brilliant move I inadvertently knit the pattern into the bottom of the foot instead of the top). Still, I ended up winning the war!

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Spiral Stitch Sock
Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Socks – Cyan Stripes

Lastly, I busied myself on a three hour plane ride by knitting up a cute cotton dishcloth. I started making these in early July and I just love them! Not only are they pretty, but they are very sturdy. Most of what I’ve made are gifts, but the one I made on the plane is for me!

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Ridged Furrows Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream – Countryside

At the moment, I’m knitting another pair of socks.  When those are done, I’ll be combing through my patterns to find my next project!

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c.b.w. 2013

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17 thoughts on “Knit, Purl, Knit . . .

    • Yeah, that yarn didn’t stand a chance! Lol! 😉

      I fear it will be too hot to wear it for a while! I’m hoping the air conditioning at work will be on way too cold as it usually is. 🙂

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    • I love to cross stitch. All through my 20s I made everything from pillow covers to samplers. It’s so addictive! However, it got to the point where there’s only so much you can make for the house. These days, I only cross stitch for gifts, (wedding and births mostly!). It’s such a fun hobby – have fun!!

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    • That sweater definitely taught me a slew of new things about knitting. I seem to learn the most when I tackle things well beyond my skill level! Lol! 🙂

      I can’t wait to wear it! All I need is one cool day. 🙂

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  1. WOW!!! Your sweater is gorgeous!!!! I love the design and the yarn. I hope you will get to wear it soon. The buttons are wonderful. Do you have your next sweater picked out yet?
    I am knitting my first socks on needles, with the same accursed sock yarn in the very same color (of course!) I think I like socks on the loom better – the heel is much nicer when knit on the loom. But doing it on needles is teaching me new stitches, so that’s a good thing. Second sock is half-way done – pictures soon!

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    • Thank you! I was so excited for you to see it. 🙂

      I have two sweaters lined up. The first one is from the same magazine – the blue one with the round collar and buttons clustered towards the top. The second, is a pullover in the Fall 2013 Vogue Knitting.

      Right now though, I am fully entrenched in knitting socks. I bought some beautiful yarn while on vacation and it is creating some really wonderful socks. I’ll post picks when I’m done with the pair I’m working on at the moment.

      How funny that you’re using the “cursed” color!! May you have better luck than I. Can’t wait for the pics!

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  2. I love the skewed opening for the sweater and the mismatched buttons reflect the variegated wool. I love the colors in the socks and the zig-zag pattern of the washcloth. Nicely done! 🙂

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