Monday, July 31, 2006

Gable Number Two

I have this thing down pat now:) Just finished my second Green Gable, and it's actually Green!

Loving this pattern - I might convert this to a long sleeve version for fall, because I think the yarn might be too warm for winter:

Details over on the blog!

intro post :)

hello, everyone!

i started my green gable (with knitpicks main line in dusty lavender) the other day, and it's moving along pretty well.

i'm almost done with the lace section and have a quick question: after part B, it says to "Repeat Parts A and B 6 (i'm knitting up the medium size.) times EACH. 24 total rounds." should the first 4 rounds (2 from part A and 2 from part B) be counted in that total? what i assumed i was supposed to do was knit parts A and B, and then do 6 repeats of those sections, but now i'm not so sure.

thanks in advance for your help!

eta: my progress so far...

Friday, July 28, 2006

Green Gable Gallery is here!

Cindy asked about creating a gallery for our finished GG's a while back, and I'm happy to announce it's all set up!

Green Gable Gallery

I'm hoping Flickr works for you guys! If not, I'll find something else. :)
Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


The second Green Gable sweater is finished!!!


This yarn is a "softball" cotton, very soft and light, perfect for a summer sweater. I lengthened the sleeves, added one more decrease and increased at the hips. The only issue I had was some slight rolling at the front neckline but I am hoping that washing it will help alleviate that problem.

It is a wonderful pattern and I love my two new sweaters but I have to admit I am ready for a new project.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Green Gable finished - Mind still lost

It’s finally done. And it’s still too big. I’m not sure how I got it in my head that it was supposed to be six stitches to the inch. I guess I assumed *I* must be off after the first try-on when it was so big. I looked at the pattern again and for some reason read it wrong. I wasn’t at my best mentally then, but still. I think I’m quick to assume that I’m wrong, not the pattern. The funny thing is the entire time I was knitting it (the second time), I was thinking how much better I liked the fabric at the looser gauge. I saw that I had been using the correct gauge in the first place when I went to write notes on my pattern. And then I banged my head against the wall for a little while.

Here’s the break down: I fall in the middle of two sizes, but I'm closer to 38 so that’s what I made. After trying it on and finding it to be much too big, I remade the 38 but at a gauge of six stitches to the inch. It’s still too roomy. I don’t like this sweater too big – I like it the way it’s supposed to fit. The neck won’t stay in the boat neck style and it rolls in the front and even more in the back. I blocked it twice – the second time with starch, and it still rolls. I think this might be because it’s too big. If the arms were fitted it would probably hold the neck line down and the front and back taut. When I wore it I spent the entire time pulling it down and tugging at the shoulders. I won’t wear it again until it cools off enough to wear it under a jacket so I can hide the neckline.

Other than accidently knitting at a smaller gauge, I didn't change a single thing in the pattern. If I were to make this again I would make the next smaller size, make it longer, and add the extra decreases and increases that a lot of the other knitters did. For the most part I enjoyed the knitting and I love the design of the sweater, but unfortunately I’m not thrilled with my end result.

And I wanted to add: Thanks to girls who hosted this knit-along! It was great to see the comments of people knitting the same thing I was. I'll definitely want to do another one.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Well, finished anyway....

Well, I finished my Green Gable, but I'm not happy with the fit. The sweater is beautiful, it blocked really well and looks fabulous . . . but on? Not so much. (You have no idea how much I was sucking in my stomach for this picture.) Way too clingy to look right on me. I'm disappointed, but I should have known better--I suspected the pattern wouldn't be right for me, but it was so pretty, I couldn't resist trying it anyway!

I'm thinking about giving this to my sister or my niece--it should look great on them. Which is good, because, as expected, it is one pretty sweater!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Stockinette all the time

Okay, I enjoyed the lacey inset. I didn't mind the st st intially because there were decreases, at least it keeps it interesting. But I'm really getting tired of the long stretch of stst before the hem. Anyone else have stst overload? I keep measuring (maybe that's my mistake?) and it just doesn't seem to be getting any bigger. I'd put it aside, but I need the needle for another project, so I really want to finish this today. I should have 21 rows before I do the hem. But then again, that's what I thought an hour ago.

Maybe I do need to knit something else for a while? I was excited about this sweater (and still am, it's a CUTE pattern!) but I think I'm getting burned out.

Sorry to complain, normally this doesn't bother me. More caffeine might help. Hope there's still some coffee left in the pot!

Friday, July 21, 2006


Finally! I got to try it on and it fits! I am really happy and hope to finish as soon as I can!
I am a tiny bit worried about the underarm seam though. Wonder if I should add any stitches? This is my first top down sweater and still learning a lot. The next bit of it should prove to be interesting.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Green Gable Knit Along

Green Gable Knit Along

Hi, this is my first post (tho I've commented). I am on my 4th or 5th try with Debbie Bliss Cathay in purple. I have taken 2 photos but don't quite know how to upload them here (maybe someone will enlighten me). I have posted them on my own blog: under the 2nd post down: "So Much for Vacation." On size 6 needles, I'd only completed 1/2 the lace pattern when the yoke part looked like it was reaching the top of my bra already, so I couldn't imagine where the entire lace yoke was going to end up. Then I switched to size 5 needles. The yoke seems about right but, for some reason, it seems to be getting too wide. I have very narrow shoulders and the raglan lines seem to be widening out way past where they should, I think (and I'm still only on row 21 of AB). Now I did steam it after removing it from the needles, but I steamed the first "sample" too.

Has anyone else had this problem? Maybe I should have just used the Cotton Fleece but it is supposed to be comparable to Cathay (according to Bonne Marie Burns' wraps per inch chart) and I really like the way it feels. Can I ask what size needles the other people who used Cathay ended up using?

And what should I do about my raglan lines? Should I stop increasing or not increase every other row (maybe every 4th row instead for a while)? This is taking me forever and I just want to complete 1 freaking summer project (just 1 summer top to wear) before the summer is over!!!




This is my first and (probably) last post on this KAL. I cast on and frogged twice when it wasn't wide enough. But I'm finished and pleased with the final result. I used Cotton Fleece Olivette - 2 skeins and a few yards of a 3rd.

Does anyone think the Cotton Fleece is rather heavy? I guess it's a combination of the yarn composition (mainly cotton) and gauge (worsted).

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

progress picture of Emerald Fantasy posted!

I just updated my blog and have posted a progress picture of my GG. It's not a very good picture but it shows the color of the yarn. I think the picture would look nicer if I used a longer needle. It's 24" so the knitting is really bunched up.

Third Time's the Charm

;-) Thanks for the comments. I asked around, and Knittyboarder Suzeeq clarified what was making things wonky in my work.
She sez, "I believe the instructions have you purling the first *row* flat, then turn and join and knit every round which would be stockinette. A lot of people joined then purled the first round and knit the rest, or joined and started the stockinette from the first round."
So I am tinking now and know the correct way to proceed. Check back with you later with some progress!

Starting Once, Starting Twice

Hey there, GGers. Thanks for letting me joing in this KAL. I'm fresh off of my second start and have questions I hope to get help with. I'll grab a cup of java first. Ok, the first start was winding off enough Peacock flavored Zephyr Silk Wool for the project, casting on and realizing the resulting fabric wouldn't have enough give. Argh. I've never worked with part silk/ part wool before. I'd thought the wool portion would help with the give, since it doesn't seem that silk is a stretchy knit.

Perhaps it was my needle choice that made things difficult at the start. It's the first time I'm using Boye Needlemasters and found that the thick hard cord wasn't so friendly. Trying to work the cast on with these circulars and finding no give had me decide to choose from my Stashzilla, a Heather Green Austermann Prisma, a Cotton/Polycril blend, instead. Better so far.

Do you think it was the silk and/or the circs that contributed to the no give situation? And what does continue in Stockinette Stitch mean when you are working in the round- am I still purling one round and then purling the next since the first round after the cast on was purled? Thanks in advance!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Can I post twice in one day? I have a QUESTION

I am almost to the point where you take the sleeve stitches off the needle and put them on a holder. When I've made other raglans you put the sleeve stitches on a holder then cast on a few stitches under the arm, then rejoin at the other stitches on the needle. I don't see any stitches cast on for the GG. Did I miss something? Or don't you cast any stitches to make up the gap?

Long Sleeve Advice?

Hey there! I finished my Grey Gable a while back and decided not to dye it after I got so many compliments! Now I'm thinking of trying it out in Brooks Farm Duet. I got gauge, but as this is a wool/mohair mix, I thought I'd do 3/4 sleeves. Anyone done longer sleeves? Advice?

One step back..

Alright, I have just frogged a good 10 - 15 cm of the Red Gable. Grrr! While I was knitting away happily, I decided to put it on to see whether it would fit nicely. The good news: I am knitting the right size because it fits snugly (but not too snugly) in the breast area. The bad news: after that part it got too wide. I decided to stick to the decrease rows in the pattern, but soon found out that if I continued in this way, I would not like the result :(

So now I've frogged up to 6 cm beneath the underarm seam and am starting my decrease rows there. I'm thinking a decrease row every fourth or fifth row. What do you ladies think?

Just joined

Hi all. I just joined this KAL and am making the GG with Emerald Fantasy Cotton Fleece. I started it Saturday and am almost to where you separate the sleeves. The needle I'm using (Susan Bates Silvalume) isn't all that great for this yarn, but it's what I have right now so I'm using it. Fortunately this sweater shouldn't take too long to knit!

I like the lace inset, was thinking of trying a different lace pattern if I make this again.

Question: does anyone find this yarn a bit heavy for a summer top? I'm feeling the fabric and it seems awfully thick. Maybe I'm thinking this because we (like most of the country) are in the midst of a heat wave?

Looking forward to knitting with you all, once you get to know me you'll see that while I say I will post pictures it will take FOREVER for me to do so! But, I will do it. Promise.

Friday, July 14, 2006

It's growing :D

Hi all! I'm still knitting away with my Red Gable, it's steadily growing.. I'm working towards the decrease round. I have actually tried it on already and I think it will fit me snugly (the way I like). I am making a medium by the way. Really like Debbie Bliss Cathay!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Need advice please!

Hi! Finally finishing a lot of other deadlines, time for GG! I have a few things that may cause problems later on, but may not.
There may be a small lace error, but not very noticeable the rounds were ending correctly. I think I may have done an A row instead of a B row, but still not too obvious.

This is one sleeve seam (guess you call it raglan)

Not sure if you can see it well, as you see in the above picture, a straight line, in this one, a slight jog where my finger is. Cannot figure out it if is an extra stitch or what?

My dilemma is.... Is this error enough to make me frog it now, or wait until I can separate for the sleeves. I still have a bit to go before then. I think it may be a sizing problem. I am making the XL. It would fit perfect according to my bust size, however since I haven't made many sweaters, (this is my first raglan also!) not sure if I should have gone down a size. So, long story short, I don't want to frog now, if I may already have to when I try it on...should I go on? (frogged 3 times so far LOL!) Any help will be much appreciated! Thanks! Z

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Just getting started..

I have been lurking here for the longest time, fretting about which yarn to use as a substitute and finding the right needles. After reading Aimee's post and seeing her gorgeous Gable in Debbie Bliss Cathay, I decided that would be my choice as well. (I actually first finished a deep pink Ms Marigold in DB Alpaca Silk DK, because I already had the needles and the yarn ;-)) So here's my start, I think I'm on to my second repeat of part B, using DB Cathay, which gauges up perfectly on Denise US6 19in needles. I have already frogged it twice (!) because the first time I wasn't sure whether I was knitting too loosely and the second time I got the pattern wrong (I didn't see the difference between part A and B, how silly!). I hope to show you some more progress in the next days!

Done And Done Again

I finished my Gable for the first time almost a month ago, but I wanted to make it a bit longer after I wore it to work and found myself tugging it down all day. Ripping out the ribbing and adding an inch and a half only took me a few days, but I haven't had a chance to take a picture until now. I adjusted the pattern's gauge so I could use some Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton I had, and it worked out perfectly -- fits just like I wanted it to fit. And the Wool Cotton is a great match for this pattern -- looks and feels mostly like cotton, but has much better stitch memory so it doesn't get stretched out even though it's very fitted. Plus it's nice and crisp for the lace portion.
All done! This was a really fun pattern! I took everyone's advice to add waist increases and length and it turned out great!! This picture is actually a little washed out...the red is a little darker in real life than it appears in the pic.

More here.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Progress on 2nd Gable

Here's a pic of my progress on the Blue Gable for my youngest DD. I really love this pattern and the knowledge I've gained from making this and it makes me feel as though I can really consider myself an advance beginner now. I look forward to posting a complete pic along with the skirt I made her in a few weeks.

Monday, July 03, 2006


Here it is:

I am pretty happy with GG, could be a little bit tighter, but that is fine. This was really fun to participate in the KAL!