Monday, January 29, 2007

Just started Jacket and have a couple of questions.

First of all let me just say, Thank you for allowing me to join. Just a little bit about me. I've only been knitting for almost 2 years now. I live in Georgia.

I’ve started Nantucket Jacket, I started with the back. I’m to the bust shaping and it says to end with WS. Does that mean that my next row should be a RS?

And could someone possible give me a little easier interpretation of in the Shape bust area of working new sts in rev St st. I understand that it is reverse stockinette stitch. Just working purl stitches on the right side now, but just wondering if it’s the first or second stitch that should be worked in rev St st since I'm only increasing 1st on each end?

I may just be reading way too much into it but I love to learn and love a challenge.

Thank you so much for any assistance you can give.

Take Care all,

Status Update

Well, it's done. Sort of.

All the knitting is done, and it's been seamed, blocked, and had all its ends weaved in. However, we then approach the taboo subject of crochet.

I have nothing against crochet, but I have pretty much no experience with it. So I crocheted an edging around my swatch to try it out, and then tried it on the real thing.

It... didn't look that great. So I ripped it out. At the moment I am putting it aside until a friend of mine (who is quite good at crochet) visits so that she can help me through it a bit.

However, I can make a few notes about the fit of the sweater. As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I made the 36" bust size, but then factored in the tiny sleeves and made the arms and armhole shaping for the next size up. So my sleeves very much fit, and could in fact sustain a somewhat bulky shirt underneath them. So, if anyone is looking for a way to get a better fit in the arms, this seems to be a good way to do it.

I had seen complaints on a few blogs about the length being a bit too short, but as I normally have to shop in the petites' section of most stores, I didn't bother lengthening. The result is a sweater that is pretty much exactly right for my height.

Even without my edging finished, I feel quite vindicated that I managed to come out with a garment that fits well!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Slow Going

I've been working on my jacket. Since I was taught to knit by a brilliant woman, I reviewed the pattern and transcribed it into an Excel spreadsheet to easily knit from front edge to front edge - no side seams! :) The spreadsheet made it easy to learn the pattern, and after a couple of rows, I did not need to refer to it for every stitch. This is my first me-sized sweater, and I am really excited to see it grow. Come on over to my blog to see my pics!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Too many choices.

My brain seems to be vapor locked on the cast on for the Nantucket and I can't progress beyond which one to use. For those who have moved beyond swatching -- what kind of cast ons did you use and how do you feel about them? Danielle -- which one did you pick?

Monday, January 15, 2007

Weekend knitting

Hi! I am a name is Mary!

Thought I would post on my progress. I am almost done with the back. Sooo happy after starting it over 4 times. I am using Bouton D'Or Ceres. I bought a few years ago to make another sweater that I have fallen out of love with. So, with the New Year's resolution of using my stash...I am using it for the is the same gauge. Even with that I had a hard time getting gauge. Might not even be there now with size 6s...but close.

Here is my blog...

I started my Jacket!

I knit my swatch, but I didn't wash/block it. My guage is a little off - I am getting 4.25 stitches/inch. This will work out fine because the largest size of the pattern is just a teeny bit too small. I frogged my swatch and cast on - then realized I should have taken a pic of the swatch ... oh well. I decided to knit the two front pieces and the back together - this way the only seaming I will have to do is the shoulder and arm. I am planning to knit the arm in the round, so that will elimate that seam, as well. I would take a progress pic, but it isn't so exciting with just 4 rows ... hopefully next week there will be enough to be camera worthy!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thoughts before starting

Hi all-- I've swatched twice and am finally about ready to start. But first I need to make a couple of decisions.

- Does anyone have a cast-on to recommend? Since the bottom is raw, I'm concerned my usual long-tail will look uneven.
- Any suggestions on modifying the seed stitch gussets? I read Cathy's tale of woe.

Thanks! Pictures and kvetching will eventually go up on my blog.

Check this out...

All hail to those intrepid souls that came before us! Wander on over to Cathy's blog, her two posts about her finished Jacket (with pics!) are a great lesson on what she liked, what she didn't, and what she would do differently.
Nantucket is/is not done
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Ready to start!

My yarn arrived last yesterday! I ordered KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in the Maple Syrup colorway. It is exactly what I wanted - coppery and cinnamony - yum! I can't wait to start my swatches. Come on over and see the picture of the yarn!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

would like yarn for warm weather months

Hi all, I live in North Carolina and our climate ranges from very hot to mildly cold. So I am always on the look-out for yarn that is a cotton blend, instead of primarily wool. I like the shorter sleeves on this pattern, so I'm knitting as designed.

I've found some Classic Elite Four Season Cotton (70% cotton/30% wool) that looks promising.

Does anyone else have any recommendations for a cotton blend that they like? I usually find 100% cotton to be too stiff and more difficult to knit with.

I won't be starting Nantucket until after I finish the Cardigan for Arwen - but congrats on all the progress posted so far!


Operational issues

Hi all! I'm so excited to see the pics of people's progress! So many gorgeous Jackets in such a wide spectrum of yarn and colors! I, um, don't have any pics of my progress since I haven't made much, BUT I did bring everything with me to work today so I could work on it at lunch.

I created a button for the KAL which you are more than welcome to use (save to your own server please), or if you create one, feel free to send it to me and I'll put it on the sidebar.

I've sent out invites to everyone I've gotten an e-mail request from, so if you haven't received your invite, please e-mail me at kamcneil(AT)juno(DOT)com and let me know, I'll resend it.

If I don't have your blog address (if applicable), I've just made your sidebar link to the KAL address, let me know if you have a blog you'd like your name linked to.

It looks like there are still some issues between "old Blogger" and the "new Blogger" which is tied to Google. I did a test by sending an invite to myself at my Gmail/Google e-mail address, and the link worked fine and I was able to accept the invitation. If you're having a problem in that area, and I sent your invite to an address other than the Google/Gmail one, please let me know and I'll resend to your Gmail address. I think that works because you have to already be signed in to receive the invite, so it allows you to accept the invite without signing in again. I really do want everyone to be able to post and participate, so let me know if you continue to have problems!!!

Finally, maybe I'm reading it wrong, but it looks like Blogger may eventually be automatically upgrading everyone to the new Blogger, so that may take care of all the issues altogether.

Happy knitting, all!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Jumping In...

....and hoping to avoid the frog pond. I've been knitting socks and lace shawls for years, but this will only be my second sweater. I've ordered Mission Falls 1824 in "Ink" color for the sweater. I've been swatching with a sample ball I had on hand. I did an initial swatch on US 8s and got 8.5st/2in, changed needles to US 7s and got....drumroll....8.25 to 8.5st/2in. Changed back to the 8s and got....yep 8.5/2. I think I'll calculate gauge at 8.5/2. Now, next problem. I've been reading all the posts about gauge and my cronies at Longmont Knits (our SnB) are a bit disconcerted by the large number of stitches to cast on. I think I've rationalized the large number by the take in of the pattern and the little darts at the hip, but I'm still nervous. Especially since I'm "horizontally gifted" and will have to do some number crunching for this project. Oh, and the sleeves. There will be NO half sleeves in my horizontally gifted life. ;^) I'm really hoping this yarn holds up well to the stress of the ribbit.

This looks to be a fun knit! Lots of angst, lots of calculation and lots of warm and pretty when we finish!

Here is My Yarn

I got this on sale at
  • WEBS

  • I really like the color and the tweediness of it. I have started the sleeves, a bit longer than the pattern and will post a pic when they are more impressive. :)
  • Sunday, January 07, 2007

    Ta Da - My sleeves are done!

    So, I decided to start on the sleeves, to try and figure out the pattern. I understand the pattern and think I have mastered that screwy twisted rib stitch, and even managed to post a photo, although its sideways.....hmmmm

    I also managed to goof on one of the cables (see if you can spot it on the photo with the two sleeves)

    I knit them 2" longer than what was called for.
    It was fascinating to learn of the contrast of two neighboring parks

    Now, I think I will be brave and cast on for the back now. Lori

    Wednesday, January 03, 2007


    Congrats to whomever designed the button, it is beautiful...still waiting on my yarn to get going...

    Monday, January 01, 2007

    About the Nantucket:

    Because I am *that* sort of geek and had some holiday money to toss around, I am using the yarn mentioned in the pattern -- Berroco Pure Merino -- in a raspberry color whose name escapes me. I spent Boxing Day swatching and got gauge with a size 9 circular. There was one brief moment of dismay when I realized how very, very loose the swatch got when I got it wet to block it but it dried back to its original dimensions.

    Right now, my plan is to lengthen the sleeves and armscye because I hate three-quarter sleeves and have fat upper arms. Other than that -- I'm not sure what my mods will be.

    About me:


    I'm Adrienne and I blog about knitting, kids and writing here. Um....what else...I just had a book published and I am completely wiped out from our trek across New York and PA over the holidays. And haven't had nearly enough time to knit. (or sleep, really, but there is no Sleep-along that I can join.)