Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sweater Success

As I’m sure you’ve been able to tell, this summer has seen me on a massive sweater-knitting kick. The latest masterpiece off of my needles required no finishing, which is why it’s actually … you know … finished. Meet the Mondo Cable Pulli!

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Thanks again to Michelle for letting me use the store’s mannequin for the bulk of my FO-tos!

This sweater is extremely similar to the Mondo Cable Vest that I finished up last October. Same cable pattern, same neckline. Since it’s a traditional raglan, it doesn’t need some of the mental gymnastics that make the vest so remarkable.

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As with any top-down raglan, it feels like the yoke takes forever. But once I split for the sleeves, I was off to the races!

The round is joined with the first cable cross.

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And the back of the neck is finished by picking up stitches from right shoulder, across the back to left shoulder and through the ribbing for the left front. It’s a pretty ingenious way to get a nice finished neckline with essentially no finishing.

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The Fibre Company Terra was a very forgiving yarn in the few spots that required picking up, and it steam-blocked beautifully. You may have noticed that it’s tough to see the raglan lines on this sweater, but it’s also nearly impossible to see where I picked up stitches to complete the neckline.

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The sleeves and bottom hemline are finished with a 5x1 ribbing on a one-size-smaller needle. Like on my vest, it doesn’t do a whole lot to counteract the stockingette roll, but I didn’t feel like modifying to change it. I bound off both cuffs and the torso of the sweater using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

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I find it to be a very flattering look both on Hannah, the store’s mannequin.

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And on me!

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I’m sure it will get tons of wear once it’s cold enough to actually wear an alpaca/merino/silk blend for more than five minutes at a time!

Mondo Cable Pulli

Pattern: Mondo Cable Pulli by Chic Knits/Bonnie Marie Burns
Yarn: The Fibre Company Terra
Color: Wild Clary
Yardage: 11 skeins (1,100 yards … 500 less than I planned for!)
Needles: US 10/6.0mm Addi Turbos (fixed) and US 9/5.5mm Addi Turbos
Started: 26 July 2010
Finished: 17 August 2010
Mods: None. Another triumph from Chic Knits!

And with that, dear readers, I say good-bye for up to a week. Mom and I are headed to The Mannings for a week-long weaving camp that begins Monday. I'm taking my laptop but am not anticipating having internet access available while I'm gone. I'm quite certain I'll have plenty to yammer on about when I get back. Have a great week!

6 comments:

Jenn said...

I think you deserve a prize for modeling that in this heat! I love the look of that yarn and now I'm sad that it's an alpaca blend. :(

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I love this sweater. And the fact that it self-finishes? Heaven!

ChristyH said...

That looks lovely on you! Nice sweater, simple clean lines.

turtlegirl76 said...

It looks FANTASTIC! Love that neckline. I have the pattern and really need to make it. It looks great on you!

SJ said...

I really had to restrain myself from coming over and petting you the other night. It looks great on you, and I know it's going to be such a cozy sweater come fall and winter!

MollyBeees said...

LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!