Knitting in the Fall: Cascata

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Cascata

Pattern:  Cascata, by Filipa Carneiro, published in Rosarios4.

Yarn:  I believe the yarn is by Reynolds.  It is a light DK weight wool and acrylic blend yarn I bought sometime in the mid-1980s.  Mom loved mauve (and all its variations), so I knitted a lacy vest for her.  She did not wear it much because it was too nice for “everyday” wear, and she didn’t want to get it dirty.  I brought it back after she died and took it apart, and now it is Cascata.

Modifications:  I love the lace “cascade” on the left side, but did not like how rapidly the triangle grew because of the every 4th row increases.  So, I alternated the increases on both the lace panel as well as on the right (along the faux seam).  I like my sweaters to cover my hips, so I knitted all 138 rows of the lace charts.  I also started with 138 stitches at the top, as though knitting size XXS, and adjusted all the directions as needed to compensate.  Finally, I did not like how large the arm holes were on the original cap sleeves.  I had enough yarn, so I made the sleeves elbow length.

Thoughts:  I don’t usually like in-the-round yoke construction, but the designer took care to shape the neckline so that there were no “puffy” areas, and the front and the back sit properly on the neck and shoulders.  I also like the yo increases as a design element.  This was a fast knit, and a lovely pattern for Mom’s yarn.

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Bear

Bear is a sweet guinea pig we have been babysitting for almost a month while his family flit here and there all over the world.  We would keep him, but his mom probably misses him!

Knitting for the Winter: Ondawa

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Ondawa

Pattern:  Ondawa, by Michele Wang, from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2014.

Yarn:  The yarn is a dk/light worsted merino/silk/cashmere blend from Lambspun of Colorado.  I had been hoarding it for many years, perhaps close to ten years.

Modifications:  I knitted it top down, in the round, with decreased number of stitches to compensate for heavier yarn.  I knew I was going to make the neck opening smaller, but if I did that, then the front was going to ride pretty high up.  So, I shaped the front a bit to give it a shallow scoop.  I also curved the back just a bit and made it tad longer because I knew it was going to ride up; in hindsight I should have made the back even longer, because it still looks a bit short to me.

Thoughts:  Back in the 1980s, I made a few wide-and-cropped sweaters (hey, it was the era), and they did not ever look good on me.  30+ years later, here I am, with a wide-and-cropped cabled sweater.  Well, I still don’t think it’s a great shape for me, because even though I am now 20 pounds lighter, I am still remarkably short.  However, the slim-fitting sleeves and the designer’s usual close attention to details makes this sweater  modern, stylish, and infinitely wearable.