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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
On the hottest day of the year.... I bring you Rogue in all her glory.
Pattern: Rogue by Girl From Auntie
This beautifully written is worth every penny - I have no desire to hear your piffle about patterns not being worth paying for when there's Knitty and Magknits. 19 pages of expertly written instructions and charts is worth at least $6.00, ok?
This is a terribly generous pattern - you can see from the picture that I am very rarely a medium person...
Yarn: Rowanspun Aran in Husk, 100% wool
Bought on a whim from the Cucumber Patch sale, this yarn is a delicious to work with but not as strong as it looks - I had a few unfortunate breakages during tight cabling moments. I used pretty much the yardage stated in the pattern.
Time taken: Oooh, a couple of months, interspersed with other small projects. As it was my first sweater and my first time tackling such elaborate cables, this was not something I could do watching TV or chatting to friends...
Now, let's take a pictorial break...
Close up of side shaping, as provided by the cables.
That wonderful hood...
I won't say that this is the ideal first sweater for everyone, because it isn't, but if deep down you know that there's no way on God's green Earth that you're going to sit through row after row of stockinette to create a shapeless monstrocity, give this one a try. Cabling isn't hard - it's just knitting and purling after all - and you'll soon pick up the art of reading cable charts.
The only modification I made was not to sew down the cuffs and bottom hem - I liked the look of the rolled stockinette and after a wet blocking, they seem to stay put of their own accord. This could also be put down to laziness and my desire just to get the jumper on!
If you need more info on knitting this sweater, the knit-a-long over on Yahoo is pretty dead. However, this thread over at Craftster shows some beautiful results and has some great tips!
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