Am I Doubting Myself or Can This be True?

Buck Strong's picture

So, having finished that evil BSJ, I am off to work on the Carlito Cardigan. I think I must be getting used to the way I knit and the yarn that I use, Cascade 220. The pattern calls for US 7 and five stitches per inch. Being a loose knitter, I grabbed size 6 and set to work. Well, I was right on target. Is it really that easy? Of course, I'm questioning myself because the cable pattern that you start first seems too small. Maybe I should just trust the process.

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MathewGnagy's picture

Also keep in mind that once

Also keep in mind that once the cable panel is turned sideways and subjected to gravity, it stretches considerably, particularly inthe cascade 220...if it starts off a tad small...don't worry, it will work itself out.

Mathew

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MathewGnagy's picture

AND please make sure that

AND please make sure that you have the most updated copy of the pattern....I don't think I could sleep if I knew you were knitting from the original version...if haven't already, please visit Ravelry and download the new, improved and free version.

Mathew

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MathewGnagy's picture

Just remember guys that the

Just remember guys that the recommended yarn is closer to an aran weight..Peruvia is a great yarn for this....the one made of Cascade 220 did not age well at all...the yarn was pilled and terrible looking after a year of wear...additionally, In the new version of the pattern, I make sure to point out the width of the cable panel when complete as well as the fact that the fabric is intended to be a little denser than average.

The one that I made for my partner out of Peruvia still looks nearly new after two years of wear....I'm just sayin...then again...he takes better care of sweaters than I do. I mean...I can always knit another one!!

Mathew

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grandcarriage's picture

How many sweaters have you

How many sweaters have you knit for your partner? I'm really starting to envy the lucky bastard in many, many ways.

MathewGnagy's picture

Awww you say the sweetest

Awww you say the sweetest things! I think he now has two waistcoats, one cardigan, two pars of gloves and three hats...there are two more cardigans on the needles for him.

It WAY more fun to knit for him since is a skinny guy...lot less knitting for a 38" chest...not like my 45

M

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grandcarriage's picture

We almost wear the same

We almost wear the same size...I'm a 46-48. I always laugh when I get British pattern books. I have one where the LARGEST chest size is a 38". The biggest actual size is 42, which would be beyond tight on me.

I like guys who fill up your arms at night.

Buck Strong's picture

Say it isn't so! I really

Say it isn't so! I really like working with Cascade. I've only make two sweaters in Cascade and they are both less than a year.

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

MathewGnagy's picture

I will use that caveat that

I will use that caveat that I am REALLY hard on my clothes...remember that In NYC we walk everywhere so my bag is forever rubbing and rubbing against the sweater...inside and out. In hindsight, that is likely what caused all the pilling. I also think my gauge changed during the knit, there were portions of stockinette that ended up really stretched out...so of course, I tried to gently wash it to shrink it back down to size and then stepped away for a moment too long...now, it will fit my Buddy Andrew who is 5 inches shorter than me and two sizes smaller...He will be so excited to have a new Cardigan. :(

Mathew

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Buck Strong's picture

Thanks so much guys. It

Thanks so much guys. It seemed to easy. I'll let you know how it goes.

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

Chris Vandenburg's picture

I LOVE BLACK ADDER!!!!!!!

I LOVE BLACK ADDER!!!!!!!

Tallguy's picture

You HAVE done your gauge

You HAVE done your gauge swatch, haven't you? Do you like the fabric you get? Then what more do you need? Go for it! Remember that the "recommended" gauge is just a guide (much like posted speed limits are only guides) and really don't mean much to anyone. YOU are the one that needs to decide if YOU like the fabric YOU get with that yarn and those needles when YOU are knitting with them. What someone else wants to do is their business. Be your own man!!

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Hey Tallguy!!!! That's a

Hey Tallguy!!!!

That's a lot of "YOU"s!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you are doing well and some darn good advice. Kinda missed you these past zillion months.

Best from Texas,

Chris

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scottly's picture

I have determined that the

I have determined that the people that come up with the guages on yarn labels are from an alternate universe. But isn't nice Buck when you reach that place of confidence and you don't have to second guess yourself on needle size and then have an anxiety attack half way through the project. Congradulations, you've come of age in your knitting career.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

You are so right, Buck. A

You are so right, Buck. A lot of time, in my experience, you get so used to how you knit with certain needles and yarn that you can tell when something isn't coming out to gauge. I used to be right on when it came to #7s and worsted, same with #2s and sportweight for casual socks. It sure helped speed the process along. Keep us posted, please. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

My experience, and get this

My experience, and get this Mr. Buck, I never say that this is EXACTLY so!, is that cables tend to be less st. per in. than that say of stocking net. As far as I will say, if you were supposed to make a gauge swatch in Stocking net.... you should be alright if your plain knit works out., the cable will work itself out.

And now that we are on the subject..... What the hell do you need a cardigan for anyway??????? Just for kicks? A wall hanging?

May your needles fly,

Chris

Bill's picture

Cascade 220

Cascade 220 superwash
...recently discovered that Cascade 220 is available in a superwash...a couple dollars more per ball. Handles differently than the regular yarn...but I like it.

grandcarriage's picture

I look forward to hearing

I look forward to hearing about your knitting experience on this. I think I'm going to attempt it myself. I have some lovely deep orange border-leister looking for a project.