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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?

Size: M

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!



Kelly [ 8:17 PM ]
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11 Comments:

looking good Kelly - what a great start to making jumpers! Nothing like a challenge, eh?

You must have been melting for the time it took to take the pics :)

By Anonymous lucy, at 9:13 AM, July 19, 2006  

Aww, that looks great, and the hood is gorgeous. Congrats on Your First Garment!

By Anonymous sharon, at 2:40 PM, July 19, 2006  

That garment is absolutely brilliant. I really want it. Right now this minute. But it looks too tricky a task for my knitting skills. I've never even done a cable before.

But you've done a fantastic job!

By Blogger Alice, at 11:36 PM, July 19, 2006  

ooh nice. best to go for something that keeps your interest up even if you have to WORK at it than something safe and dull!

By Blogger ra, at 8:50 PM, July 20, 2006  

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Now I want one. That's one of those 'I can't believe you knit it yourself' patterns. Wow!

By Blogger Gemma, at 2:12 PM, July 21, 2006  

BEautiful!! Love your color choice, and it fits you really well, i.e. not too baggy:-), the rolled up hems are cute, too. I'm a little scared of sewing that in. I'm only working on my own Rogue very sporadically, but I'm hoping to finish it some time in the fall...

By Anonymous Julia, at 7:06 PM, July 24, 2006  

BEautiful!! Love your color choice, and it fits you really well, i.e. not too baggy:-), the rolled up hems are cute, too. I'm a little scared of sewing that in. I'm only working on my own Rogue very sporadically, but I'm hoping to finish it some time in the fall...

By Anonymous Julia, at 7:10 PM, July 24, 2006  

Amazing! I clicked on over here from Craftster since I was so amazed at your work. Rogue is such a fantastic first sweater! Nice work.

By Blogger Sue, at 7:58 PM, July 24, 2006  

Amazing and beautiful and every other positive superlative in the book. I also clicked here from craftster - I'm in love with Rogue!

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