Leah’s Lovely Cardigan

Leah's Lovely Cardigan

Leah's Lovely Cardigan

Leah's Lovely Cardigan

Pattern: Leah's Lovely Cardigan from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Koigu KPM, 8 balls
Needles: Addi Turbos – US1 & US2 circulars

I don't know about you but I was a huge fan of Full House growing up. I wanted to be just like DJ and when I got older just like Rebecca who was "so hip for an adult."  The TGIF lineup was the perfect ending to a week filled with homework and basketball practice. There was nothing better than to unwind with the Tanners and see what trouble that Kimmy Gibbler was going to get DJ into! 

Before the series was over there was a Recording Studio in the basement, Uncle Jesse & Rebecca's apartment in the attic, Uncle Joey's bachelor pad, Danny's bedroom, Stephanie and Michelle's shared bedroom and of course DJ's room when she got "a bit too old to share with her two younger sisters" which really was Uncle Jesse's old room. Yea, it had a lot of rooms. Naturally, I felt the only place acceptable for shooting this fabulous sweater was in front of the "Full House" house, aka the Painted Ladies.

Leah's Lovely Cardigan

Remember the time when DJ learned to wear makeup only to look like Christina Aguilera on a bad day? Rebecca (again SO cool) swooped in and taught her that the key was to "look natural!" Juuust like I do in these pictures.  

Leah's Lovely Cardigan

As for the hand knit which is the real reason why you're probably here – I Love it. I made no modifications to the pattern. It was simple and well written. I even found buttons that were a spot on color match at Britex Fabrics

Thanks to husband for the great shots! You did well, dude! (More shots on Flickr!)

Leah's Lovely Cardigan

A tale of two sleeves.

Sleeves for Leah's Cardigan

Any knitter whose done their fair share of knitting in the round has probably had a chance to learn more about the technique called Magic Loop. It's something every knitter should have in their arsenal whether or not they use it all the time. (Cabling without a cable needle is another!) What makes it "magic" is that with one long cable needle you can manipulate many small circumferences. Brilliant if you ask me.

Why I love it:

It's convienient. You don't have to worry about losing one of your DPNs. Plus, after you get over the first few rows – which is always fiddly regardless of what you're using – you don't have to juggle through all these different needles and worry about four different "jogs" on your sleeve, hat, or whatever you're knitting.

Why I don't like it:

Let's talk about those "jogs" shall we? Take a close look at the two sleeves for my Leah's Cardigan. Do you notice anything funny with the left sleeve?  A distince channel perhaps?

Do you see what I see?

While knitting the first sleeve, noticed that the last stitch before the join was always coming out a little bit looser than the rest. It wasn't your normal ladder because it wasn't that the two stitches weren't flush next to each other it's was that the last stitch on the needle was stretched out and big.

What was this crazy knitter to do? I could not have been the only one with this ML problem. Off to the Ravelry Forums!

Enter the I heart Magic Loop Group.  A-ha!  It was the way I was holding my needle and cable at the beginning of the join that affected that last stitch.  

The way I was holding it:

Wrong ML technique

The way I am now holding it:

Correct ML technique

By holding the cord flush with my working needle it takes the stress off that last stitch on the cord and therefore it doesn't stretch!  Creating a beautiful jogless 2nd sleeve! Huzzah!

Hopefully if you were having troubles with your magic loop this helped you out a bit or if you're just about to learn it give this a try!

My hearts a flutter

more of my sleeves

Pattern: Flutter Sleeve Cardigan by Sweaterbabe
Yarn: Spud & Chloe, Sweater, 4 balls
Needles: Size 9 circs

Nothing says "I love this sweater to much and can't wait to show the internets" like a  late night bathroom photoshoot!  With the busy weekend I have ahead, the thought of me not being able to blog about this until Monday seemed ridiculous!  I'm suprised I even had the patience to let this fully dry after I blocked it but I knew I had to… it's just so pretty!

I didn't even see this knit coming…  I originally saw it on Ravelry and then saw Hannah's finished one on her blog and I was a woman obsessed. I had mental lists of all the knitting I was going to be doing, scarves, hats, other fantastic cardigans, but you've read it before and you'll read it again, when there's a knit that is as good as this everything else just gets pushed aside!

Flutter Sleeve Cardigan

I started this about three weeks ago and couldn't put it down.  I even took it with me to one of my girlfriends' bachlorette weekends.  It was one of those fun lounging type trips which allowed me to do a little bit of relaxation and knitting.  The pattern is such that it really keeps you entertained the entire way.  Katherine also does a great job at really detailing her instructions – she walks you through every step which makes this a great pattern for any beginner knitter.  I decided to lengthen the sweater about 3 inches in the body.  The original sweater hit me at around my natural waist and after conferring with Patricia and our other knitty friends, we all felt that the beautiful leaf lace would look even better in a more full length sweater.

The yarn is a dream.  It's soft, drapes well and has wonderful stitch definition.  The cotton blend also makes me believe that it will hold up well and not stretch out like most wools do.  I think I found one of my new go to favorite yarns, yea Spud & Chloe!

like butter

Gosh, I am such a cardigan maker/wearer. I just tend to gravitate to the cardigan more so than pullovers.  Perhaps because I know my wardrobe and what I would absoutely wear… so don't be suprised if you see another cardigan debut on this here blog soon too!  Have a great weekend everyone one!