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PatternDiminishing Ribs Cardigan, Interweave Knits, Spring 2009

Yarn: Valley Yarns Sheffield, color 01, Olive

Needles: size 6 (and 4’s and 5’s for the middle portion)

Notes

You’ve gotta love a pattern that, when you complete your final bind-off, is completely done — no sewing seams, no nuthin’.  Some minor errata notwithstanding, this pattern is clearly written.  The tubular cast-on and bind-off are worth the effort and there are some great videos online for knitters, like me, who do better with video instructions rather than static diagrams.  Incidentally, I bound of the sleeves before the bottom and realized on the second sleeve that I’d made a minor error in the tubular bind-off of the first sleeve.  However, I deliberately continued the error on the second sleeve so they’d match.  Then I correctly bound off the bottom edge.

I used the stitch counts for the smallest size, but the measurements (more or less) for the next larger size.  I brought the waist down quite a bit pursuant to the suggestions in the Interweave gallery.  I went down needle sizes for that middle portion too.

As with all Valley Yarns, I enjoyed Sheffield.  It’s a bit sheddy, but very soft and warm.   I used about 7.25 balls.  That means I have two full balls leftover — if you’d like them, let me know and we can arrange a transaction.  🙂  (From what I see on Webs’s site, they have only 1 ball of this color left.)

Overall, this was a great project.  It took me just about three weeks.  It was great to finally work on a garment again after spending so many months on my afghan.

Next up:  another Interweave garment pattern — the Aleita Shell.  I’ve never worn a vest before, let alone knit one.  But I’ve seen some cute examples — worn with a t-shirt, which is what I plan to do — on Ravelry.  Plus, it gives me an opportunity to try out Knit Picks’s new DK City Tweed, which I think will be a great match for this pattern.

A few more photos of the DRC:

Blocking

Blocking

Can you see the lovely tubular cast-on?

Can you see the lovely tubular cast-on?

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