Sunday, January 25, 2009

Shetland Sampler Cardigan Ribbing Update

By Leigh

I have pulled out the corrugated ribbing I started on the bottom of my Shetland Sampler Cardigan. It just wasn't working for me: it competed too much with the body of the sweater, it was too bulky, and it wouldn't lie flat. I have started again in a single color.

If you were in on the planning stages of this project, then you may recall that originally, I planned to do the ribbing in black, as I had plenty of that color. In looking at the pieces now that they're knitted however, I wasn't so sure about black bands. In the comments of my last SSC post, Wool Enough and Cyndy suggested the gray might be a better choice. I welcomed this because I had been considering it but just wasn't sure. Here are the results...

SSC with gray ribbingYou probably can't see in the photo, but this is a K2P2 rib. I'm much happier with it and knitting progress has picked up once again. Hopefully I'll get this finished before warm weather arrives!

Posted 25 Jan. 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com

Related Posts:
SSC: Starting the Bottom Ribbing - first attempt
A Shetland COWYAK - why I'm knitting the bottom ribbing last
Dissecting My Shetland Swatch - calculating yarn amounts
Shetland Sampler Cardigan Complete!

15 comments:

  1. Wow - that's beautiful! I'm in awe! :)

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  2. The gray really is much better, Leigh! The sweater looks great!

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  3. That looks like a good decision to me - the grey complements and supports the design rather than competing with it. Almost there now...

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  4. Excellent choices all around! The whole thing is coming together beautifully. I have always worried about gray and brown together, but I can see that it is a very happy marriage!

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  5. I'm on the last sleeve of my multi-colored sweater too....and I share your ambition to finish before warm weather arrives.

    At dinner, we were just saying that we're halfway through the heart of winter (Jan-Feb), then there will be the tail end of winter (March - April)....if I say it that way, it seems that since I live in New Hampshire, I still have plenty of winter left (or too much winter!)

    Hope your ratio of winter to sweater works out well for you!! It looks great!

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  6. Thank you one and all for confirming it! I'm in love with the project again. It's been slow because it's had a lot of thinking stages, and I'm glad I'm finally getting near the end.

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  7. I really like the new ribbing. It look s really nice.

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  8. Yup, I agree. The grey is a better choice. You take so much care and I need to take a lesson from that. I complain that my sweaters never fit, but I have never invested in a sweater the thought that you have invested in this one. I'm looking forward to seeing it - we all are!

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  9. This sweater is working up to be a masterpiece Leigh! It looks beautiful, and when I think of all the fiber prep, spinning and designing calculations etc...AND knitting...I am just blow away by all the information contained in one FO. It is a true Sampler- a wonderful work of art!

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  10. I'm so glad you decided to go with the gray. It looks really nice!

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  11. I like the grey much better than those stripes, looking forward to seeing the finished sweater now.

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  12. Oh, it is going to be so "beautimus"! But then again, I guess I'm a little bit biased... Can't wait to see it finished up. T.

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  13. The gray looks great. The black would have probably been too much of a contrast with the rest of the sweater. Beautiful.

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  14. Love the gray!! Just right.

    And always, Cyndy is right.

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