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Dec 27, 2010

The Caftan Pullover
TN Yarn Lady's Caftan Pullover. She sewed up the front, too!
Love the 2-color pullover that a2965z-craft knit up. She says the colors are a little off in this photo and that the inset and hem are more red than pink.
Some of us finished up our Caftan Pullovers on schedule (and by "some of us," I mean people other than I!). I've got the front and back done and a sleeve cast on and started. I hope to have the whole thing done by new year's eve so I can wear it at our annual party.

It's such a neat design—so unusual and eye-catching. I'm making a few modifications, such as sewing up the front a bit—maybe just the first two medallions—and not putting on the buttons. Then again, I'm a sucker for buttons, so maybe I will put them on.

What's holding me back on the buttons is that I picture this sweater being both a little bit dressy and a little bit not. I can imagine it with tuxedo pants on new year's eve and then with yoga pants, curled up on the couch watching the Rose Bowl. (I'll bet you didn't know your sweaters had a nightlife and a day-life of their own!

Anyway, I just need to get it done! And it's time to vote on a new knit-along, so I REALLY need to get crackin'!

It's Time for a Midwinter Knit-Along

I've chosen four designs that I've had my eye on for awhile now; I think each of these will transition nicely into the next season. I hope you'll like them as much as I do!

Frontier Blues Jacket by Wendy Bernard. I've knit up two of Wendy's top-down cardigans, and this one is next on my list. The top-down construction is such a great technique to use to get the perfect-fitting sweater; you can try it on as you go, and make adjustments on the fly. I really love the ribbon detail on the placket, too, It adds so much. I have a bag of Rowan All-Seasons Cotton that would be perfect for this cardi.
Gamine Tank by Cathy Carron. I featured this tank in one of the Interweave Knits galleries this year, and it's a great piece! I liked it best over a long sleeved tee, or on it's own. The ribbed fabric is really stretchy, and it flattered many body types.  The tank flows gracefully from the stylish neckline. It's easy to adjust length on this piece, too, Just do more of the lace pattern before switching to the rib.
Heritage Cardigan Seaweed Cardigan
Heritage Cardigan by Sharon Shoji. I love this cardi! It's so perfect for the end of winter, too, when you just need a vest. It's a great alternative to those down vests, don't you think? This cardi provides so much possibility for color fun, too! The colorwork section is beautiful as is, but it would also be great in bright colors.
Seaweed Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald. This was also featured in an Interweave Knits gallery, and my gallery girls all loved it. This is a lighter-weight design for our warmer-weather friends! I love this piece— think it might get my vote! The lace pattern is an easy one to memorize, too.

Let's get this party started! Make your voice heard by voting in the survey. I'll announce the new knit-along on January 3—we'll get the new year started with a bang.


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Jennie Walz wrote
on Jan 6, 2011 9:13 PM

I voted some time ago and can't remember if it was for the Frontier Blues Jacket or the Gamine Tank.  I would be tickled with either project.  A bit disappointed that a choice hasn't been made.  Original post said the decision would be made Jan 3rd.  Does anyone know why the delay?

on Jan 6, 2011 10:12 AM

??? have you announced the knit along and where do i find info on it i cant find anything help  sr

collynda wrote
on Jan 5, 2011 8:16 AM

Have you picked the winner as yet? I am anxious to start my first big project :)

htebaram wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 10:40 AM

I'm interested in joining count me in!

knitter247 wrote
on Dec 29, 2010 7:09 PM

My first blog entry and hopefully my first knitalong if the Seaweed Cardigan is chosen - this will be so adaptable through Spring and into autumn, and i can see my way to starting it even in our hot summer here in Oz. happy New Year to all knitters everywhere - what a great community to belong to!!

Zoe wrote
on Dec 28, 2010 9:46 AM

Hi 2bChristine, I have answered your questions about how to get a hold of the monkey sock hat pattern and how to add ear flaps to it.  Remember that this is a holiday season for many many people and there may not be more responses to your knitting issues until the holiday season is over.  And by posting your question in the other posts, you did just fine and you did post correctly in them.  Please check out my last posting to you in the HATS CRAZY forum.

You can also do what many knitters do -- post your request into your computer's search engine.

I love the Gamine Tank by Cathy Carron.  If I was to make any, this would be the one I would make.

Joyce@70 wrote
on Dec 28, 2010 5:57 AM

Linda, thank you for sharing your experience in making the Gamine Tank.  I used the lace stitch for a different sweater which I knit back and forth and had no problems with it twisting.  I will keep this in mind as I would love to make the Gamine Tank.

LindaM@2 wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 7:58 PM

I voted for the Frontier Blues Jacket - it's my second favorite of the four.   I've already made the Gamine Tank so didn't vote for it, though I like it the best. It came out just like the photo and is very flattering - lots of compliments!  I did find that the lower lace portion of the tank developed a twist to one side that I couldn't block out after trying twice.   Anyway,  I think the twist is from knitting it in the round.  If I make it again I will try to write out the instructions so that I can knit at least that portion  back and forth to prevent the twisting.  (BTW, you can believe the advice about lots of negative ease in this piece.)

thorhammer wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 5:37 PM

Seaweed Cardigan!!! Please? It's so pretty and I'd love to join in my first knitalong!

\m/ Kat

Lynn G. wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 1:36 PM

I voted, but I'd like to voice an ongoing concern that the patterns are not being offered in small sizes.  My actual bust measurement is 30", and none of these 4 patterns comes anywhere close to being a good fit in the smallest offered size.  I'm finding this to be a problem more and more with the patterns in IK and its sister magazines.  Please consider expanding the size ranges offered, or at least have the tech department crunch some numbers for a wider range of sizes for the particular pattern that is chosen for the knit along. Thank you~

vhavu wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 1:16 PM

I have a question, does anyone know how to make a knitted star stitch?

I just became a member. Ginny

MonkeysMom wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 12:05 PM

Frontier Blues Jacket:  So what is it.  Top down or bottom up.

2bChristine wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 11:07 AM

This is unrelated but I'm new and not sure how to post a question?  I want to knit a sock monkey hat for my daughter to wear, but can't find a pattern.  Does anyone have a pattern to share or a site where I can order a pattern?

Jane Jetson wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 10:51 AM

need a clarification,the frontier blues jacket is described  as  bottom up in the pattern  link.

Janis wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 8:57 AM

Interesting choices, but when I think about it, the only one that I can really picture myself wearing is that gorgeous Seaweed Cardigan. It would make a really versatile transition piece and I think I might even have the yarn for it in my stash!

Joyce@70 wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 8:38 AM

I voted, however it will only let me vote once :P   I am totally undeciced between the Gamine Tank and the Seaweed Cardigan.  I have never been part of a knit-along, however if one of these two is chosen, I won't be able to resist.  Sounds like fun :-)