Interweave Knits Fall 2011 Galleries

Fall 2011 Interweave Knits Galleries

Gemini Cardigan by Katya Frankel
Interweave Knits Fall 2011
Finished Size 30¼ (34¼, 38¼, 42¼, 46¼, 50¼)" bust circumference, buttoned.
Yarn Brown Sheep Company Lanaloft Worsted (100% wool; 160 yd [146 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins.
Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 36" circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; six large snaps.
Gauge 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st.

My Gemini Cardigan
Detail of the garter lapel

Gemini Sweater, knitted by Audrey Dhillon

I chose this pattern mainly because it was knit in one piece; I'm not super confident in my finishing techniques! I was also hoping to complete it in time to wear this fall.

Detail of the garter stitch welts

The pattern called for size 8 needles, but my gauge swatch indicated that I needed to go up at least one needle size, to a 9. If I had it to do again, though, I would go up to a size 10. This yarn, Brown Sheep Lanaloft, is sturdy and the larger needles would give it a little more softness and drape. I love the color of the yarn I chose: #LL444W Coral Reef Handpaint (I used 6 skeins for the size 38¼-inch).

I did not make any modifications to the pattern and it was very easy to follow in the beginning. However once I began the yoke I found the directions a little confusing because there was so much that needed to be done at the same time.

It took some time to figure them out; I decided to write the pattern out row-by-row just to make sure I was doing what needed to be done on each row. It would have been so helpful to have a chart or directions written out for each row in this section! I felt the same about the directions for the collar.

I really like how this pattern turned out, though, and I know I'll get so much use out of the cardigan. I thought the asymmetrical collar and garter stitch welts along with the variegated yarn gave the pattern visual interest, although when I knit this again I'll add some rows to the collar—my collar came up a bit short on both sides.

What I loved most about this pattern was how it was written for minimal finishing, and despite my initial struggles with the directions, I definitely want to make this pattern again! I've got the hang of it now, and I absolutely love the yarn, it is so soft and it'll be very warm.

Gemini Sweater, knitted by Terry Watanabe

My finished cardigan

I knit this pattern with Brown Sheep Lanaloft, in the Japanese Maple colorway. For my size, the 38½-inch bust, I needed seven skeins, but I got eight just in case. It was a good thing I did because I used some of that eighth skein.

I ended up on 10½ circular needles—the pattern called for size 8 needles, but in order for me to meet the 4-stitches-per-inch gauge, I had to move up to size 10½.

The pattern appeared to be pretty simple, knitting from the bottom up in stockinette and garter stitch, and the garter welt detail was fun and added interest to the knitting.

The right side panel is knit in garter stitch, and even though I placed a marker at the start of the garter stitch section, I still ended up knitting it in stockinette stitch! After I unknit two rows I changed the marker to a different color, which made it easier to remember to change to garter stitch.

I did get a bit confused when it came to the raglan decreases. I thought there were too many "at the same time" procedures and I ended up misinterpreting when the "body decrease" should begin. I actually incorporated the body decrease during the first four raglan decreases. The end result was the same with respect to the number of stitches that should be on my needles after all decreases are completed, but I think a chart or more explicit directions would have been really helpful.

Closeup of the welt detail

I did make a modification to the sleeve length; I'm a short person and I like my sleeves to hit the top of my hand and not the middle of my hand, so I stopped at 17 inches instead of instead of the 18 called for in the pattern.

The collar was another problem area. I read the directions over and over and I finally decided to just go for it. Well, as it turns out, I didn't knit the collar correctly, and I'll probably tear it out and re-knit it.

I love the color and the style of the Gemini Sweater, and I also like the idea of the fitted sweater—it really adds class to the structure.

I'm mulling over the closure for the Gemini. I'm actually toying with using a hook and eye strip instead putting snaps on the sweater (which will be easier to sew on than individual snaps).

Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti
Interweave Knits Fall 2011
Finished Size Size 30 (35½, 40½, 45½, 50)" bust circumference, with fronts overlapped about 4".
Yarn Manos del Uruguay Serena (60% baby alpaca, 40% pima cotton; 170 yd [155 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) skeins.
Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.
Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 32" circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge
Notions Markers (m); waste yarn; size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook for provisional CO; tapestry needle.
Gauge 24 sts and 32 rows = 4" in St st; lace panel measures about 13" square, after blocking.

The lace panel on the back of my Dahlia. I love it!

Dahlia Cardigan, knitted by Gerda Porter

When I saw the Dahlia Cardigan, the lace design on the back is what caught my attention first, then the drape of the garment, then the ingenious way that this garment is knitted.

Ms. Zoppetti is definitely a forward thinking designer who has come up with a pattern that is challenging and simple at the same time!

I knitted the size 40½, and since I'm such a loose knitter I had to go down from the suggested size 5s and knit on size 3s! I used the suggested yarn, Manos del Uruguay in color #6976, Serena. I used seven skeins.

The only modification that made was a more rapid increase for the sleeves to make them shorter. I have short arms, but even the three-quarter-length sleeves of this design were a little longer than I wanted them to be.

My knitting tips for the Dahlia:

  • When I started working the pieces after the lace back was finished, I labeled them until I got an idea of which direction the garment was going.
  • When working the lace it's helpful to use a magnet board along with your row counter to keep track of where you are.
    Fronts closed Fronts open

    The lace panel may not look that great while knitting it but after blocking it's gorgeous!

  • It's sometimes hard to keep your stitch count correct when doing seed stitch edges. What I do is place a marker between the stockinette body and the seed stitch edging so I know where to start the seed stitch pattern.
  • Remember to slip the first stitch of each row to create lovely edges to the garment.
  • When I first started the sleeves I placed a marker at the underarm so I could orient myself to how it was going to fit.

I used the magic loop method to knit the sleeves mainly because I was too lazy to find my DPN's, when I knit the next one I will use the DPN's because of the delicate nature of the yarn.

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern. I am impressed with the design and I'm actually planning to knit another one in a solid color. I rarely knit the same garment twice, so this is high praise from me!

Serena yarn is an absolute joy to work with and feels light as a feather when worn. Thanks for another great pattern from Interweave Knits!

Dahlia Cardigan, knitted by Sheila Porter (Gerda's daughter!)

Dahlia Cardigan, back view

The Dahlia Cardigan caught my eye because of its beautifully clean lines. The lace back is such a pleasant surprise and added some necessary interest to the pattern. I already have a couple purchased sweaters that drape open the way the Dahlia does, so I knew the style was one that I would love to wear.

I hadn't seen the back of the sweater when I chose to knit it, so the lace panel was a wonderful surprise. I loved the yarn too—Manos del Uruguay Serena in Mineral, #2334.

I had a difficult time choosing what size to knit since the choices jumped from 36½-inch to 40½-inch bust, but I decided that since the cardi is an open style I would rather it be a bit larger, which I think will be a good decision. I'll probably use seven skeins of yarn.

I knitted my gauge swatch on size 5 Crystal Palace DPNs had I got the perfect gauge so started in on the lace pattern using those. When it came time to switch to circulars I used my Addi Turbos which are very slick, so I compensated by moving down to a size 4 since I know that I knit fast and loose on them.

The sweater itself is really interesting to knit since it starts in the center of the back and is knitted entirely in one piece. There is minimal finishing work, which is another perk—when the knitting and blocking is done I can wear the sweater right away!

The only mod I'm making is adding a few inches to the sleeves and leaving out the lace pattern towards the wrist. I prefer a more simple style and I like longer sleeves.

Some tips for knitting the Dahlia:

  • When starting the sweater pay close attention before joining in the round. The pattern starts with 8 stitches divided between 4 DPNs so it can easily get tangled or turned around. I made it easier for myself by keeping the needles in a straight line while transferring them over and carefully bringing the 2 end needles together on a flat surface to keep everything aligned.
    Dahlia Cardigan, front view

    At the beginning of the pattern it says to slip stitches on the right side knitwise and on the wrong side purlwise, which holds true until you get to taking apart the provisional cast on and knitting the second back tops and bottoms. When you do this you will slip the first stitch according to what the second stitch is, so the wrong side will actually be slipped knitwise since the second stitch is a knit stitch.

  • When finishing the seed stitch edges it says to knit until it measures 1" which always bothers me since I would like to know exactly how many rows they did, so I did eight rows, which was actually a little short of 1" but made it equal to the seed stitch edging.

So far the Dahlia pattern is very straightforward and fun to knit. My only problem has been how time-consuming it is. It's a lot of knitting on sport-weight yarn and size 4 and 5 needles.

But if you realize that before starting on the sweater it won't be a problem. I underestimated how much knitting was involved so I'm still knitting away! I'll be done as soon as I can so you can see photos of this beautiful sweater. I know it'll be worth it at the end.

I would recommend knitting the Dahlia Cardigan—it's an easy-to-follow pattern and interesting to make because of the lace and unusual construction.

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