Saturday, March 07, 2009

It Was a Long Time Coming

Finally, after four tries, the buttonband has passed muster.

Compare those sleek bands with these ruffled beauties! Last fall, when Marie and I visited after Rhinebeck, Claudia gave me some suggestions for taking the ripple out of the band. I had already decreased the number of stitches that the pattern called for but Claudia suggested that when I was binding off, that I should knit the two garter rib stitches together, every 3rd rib. The made all the difference!

She also helped me with that dreaded hem flip on The Refined Aran. I switched to a little reverse stockinette rolled hem. I used that on the body, sleeves, and even the pocket edge.

I had time to block it last week but it still sits unsewn. Who knows? Maybe tomorrow I can get started on it.

In honor of two finished (okay, one is almost) sweaters I cast on for Chic Knit's Twist. I'm using a lovely heathery rust, Cascade 220 Heathers, in Japanese Maple (2435).

It has a great cable pattern. Just enough to make it interesting but not so much that it slows you down. The photos are a little washed out. In reality this is a very rich deep shade of rust.

It's progressing nicely and with any luck I'll be up to the armholes by the end of the weekend.


  1. The sweater looks great! What a difference. I bow to your sweater-ness!

  2. Oh, Tangled looks great! Perfect bands. Claudia is wickedly smart about finishing.

  3. What a beautiful sweater!

  4. Isn't it amazing how those little bind off tricks make all the difference?
    Love all of those sweaters! You are really cranking them out!

  5. Oh, they look simply fabulous. Good job!!!

  6. Really nice! Just in time for spring snow!
    Isn't it annoying that the true color so seldom shows? I will imagine the deep ruse

  7. Or maybe I'll imagine the deep rust.