I finally finished my dad's sweater! I spun the yarn from a Lincoln/Targhee ewe fleece and knit the piece up. I finally learned to do needleless cables, otherwise I'd have no hair left. I did steeks as well. The whole adventure scared the living daylights out of me, but I did it. I'll need to adjust the neck a bit, but that's easy.
Beautifully done. I'm envious and can't wait to do some serious knitting over the holidays.
Hey that is really nice, you got it right. I hope your dad loves it. great job
That is absolutely beautiful! Great job.
you inspire me to have a go at an aran sweaters again.
Wow! You have more guts to tackle something like your dad's sweater. I still have a phobia about making a sweater fresh from my brain. I think what you've done is magnificent!!!!! Keep up the nice work! Makes me have an encentive to give it a try!
Lisa (aka my1985cutlass)
I used Excel and colorfully chart every cable pattern on a separate pages. As I finished a specific cable pattern, I checked off a box on that Excel page. I made fewer mistakes, those I made I could usually fix (I dare anyone to find the ones I didn't).
I used the following websites for learning needless cables:
RIGHT-TWIST CABLE: http://www.grumperina.com/rightcable.htm
LEFT-TWIST CABLE: http://www.grumperina.com/leftcable.htm
They are easier to follow than some and have fewer stitches hanging out in mid-air. I do teach my beginning knitters how to do this. Some are able and do it, some are not willing yet. But they all can see it done.
Beautiful sweater! Your dad should be very happy wearing it!
I thought you might like to see a video of knitting without cables.
There are actually many videos on this site and I would recommend a look-through just to see if there's anything else of interest.
The cable knitting video is under the "Decorative Stitches" section.
I meant to say "knitting cables without needles" rather than "knitting without cables".
I guess I should have actually read what I wrote before I posted.
Could you explain more about using Excel to keep track of what you're doing? Thanks.
Thanks so much for your quick reply! It's very kind of you to share your expertise with me and many others. I can't wait to try this. You rock!
Your dad's sweater looks very nice. He looks pleased as punch. I can see in his picture he is very proud of you. I wonder if you remember how much time it took from start to finish. Not that it's a contest, just wondering if you worked on it straight through or do you work on more than one project at a time? Thanks in advance if you get a chance to answer this.
And all the women who were wise of heart spun with their hands, and they kept bringing as yarn the blue thread and the wool dyed reddish purple, the coccus scarlet material and the fine linen. Ex. 35:25
After I got the roving back from the mill (sent in May, back in June) I spun it up all summer and into the fall. Mind you, I had to keep my interest going and at times switch to different projects.
Knitting was a different story. I sucked up the courage to do the cables and charted while I spun and was mentally ready by the time the yarn was spun.
Overall, it took about 1-1/2 years. I had to take a couple of months off for an injured finger. I'm a picker and hurt my index finger - right where the yarn passes. With Band-aids (or sticking plasters) I was back on track.
I've had to adjust the neckline with some elastic thread. No big whoop; EZ suggested it in one of her videos. It works.
Determination. Nice to see your picture of the final project. Well, that was an idea well planned. I agree that when reading the pattern and charting it really does help to visualize & get a mental picture of it. One of the hats I did for my daughter called for a little elastic on the brim as well to make the required fit. It's a very handy item. Glad you finder is healed and let us know what your next project is?
My present projects aren't as ambitious. I'm done spinning a Columbia fleece for a throw blanket I'll be weaving.
I'm also taking it easy and knitting an mobius scarf. I've tried the cast on many times, but finally got it by watching this video: