picture of the sweater pattern I've decided to take up again:
OOOH, can you say '80s? Look at the shoulders on this sweater and sleeves for that matter. And all the little grapes on the yoke are actually bobbles. For you non-knitters out there bobbles are 2 or so stitches that are knit/purled 6 so rows out away from the sweater and then brought back in so you have a small roundish bobble when you start back knitting on the row. I was halfway up the back yoke bobbling and changing colors and etc. Every time I've taken this sweater out to work on it I could do three or four rows before keeping all the different colored yarns got to me and I'd put it away. When I started it I had a beautiful skirt to wear with it. I actually wore skirts and dresses a lot then. The skirt is gone. Life has changed. But I still like cardigans.
Fast forward 30 years (really, 30 years since the '80s?) I am in the mood to finish things up and put them to use. (Big question, will a sweater started 30 year and xxxxxx pounds ago still fit?) I don't like the bobbles anymore. I love the color which is actually a deep green/blue --eweeee can you say teal? It was the "in" color then.
Late one night last week I pulled the sweater out again and I decided to yank out all the yoke work. You faithful readers know I don't mind pulling sittches out if I have to. See my post here for my last let's pull it all out event. I started yanking out the stitches. Three colors meant 3 different balls of yarn but I had more because I didn't want to carry yarn from one side to the other. It was more like 6 balls of yarn. It took me a while, but I finally got all the bobbles and other colored yarns pulled out along with the main color back to before the bobbles started. Then, it took a bit of time to get all the yarn untangled and rewound into its balls. Finally done. I'm kicking myself that I didn't take a picture of all the bobble work but I didn't.
I'm not sure I would have enough of the main color yarn to actually be able to finish the sweater sans bobbles. There is no way I'd be able to match the yarn. So I came up with the idea of thin stripes in the yoke area. In a week I've been able to get farther up the yoke than I had been with the bobbles and 30 years.
And, look at the cables on the ribbing. Gorgeous. What was I thinking of when I started this? I had a job, a husband and 2 small children. I'm Wonder Woman, no doubt!
Now, a question to my knitting friends. Remember those sleeves I was talking about? Do you think I can make them narrower? By not adding so many stitches in the upper sleeve area? I haven't checked the sleeve pattern out that much but I'm guessing stitches are added from the cuff up to the point the sleeve will be sewn into the body of the sweater. What do you think? Any brilliant ideas of how to make this look not so padded in the shoulders/sleeves?
My other question is do you think each of the pattern graphs with the bobbles and design in it will match up with the other graphs if I change them all to stripes? I originally thought so but now I'm second guessing myself, especially on the sleeves. Any thoughts would be great. I basically drew stripes across the back graph: 4 green rows followed by 2 stripe rows up the entire graph until the shaping for the neck started. No need to stripe and shape the neck at the same time. And, uh oh. There is a separate band for the front. Yikes, I'll need to stripe it too. Hopefully I haven't bitten off more than I can chew on this project.
I really enjoyed working on this several nights this past week but recently I've been doing other things. I need to get back to it. I'd love to get this sweater done before winter leaves entirely. Too hot for anything like this in Central Va in the summertime. Yeah, that's going to happen!
Thanks for visiting everyone. I hope you are making progress on whatever project you are working on. I should have a quilt finish to show off soon. And, fyi, Monday I hope to have some new fabric to show off. I'm going Super Bowl Sunday fabric shopping.
Happy Quilting All!