Cobblestone

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I know – two posts in one weekend…but I finished the sweater and just had to show it off (and projects aren’t really done until they’ve been blogged)….

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No, Larry isn’t crying – he was just overcome that I finally finished the sweater.  OK, he’s not – but it was a good picture of the sweater – and what’s more important?  A good picture of him or a good picture of the sweater? 

Details…

Pattern:  Cobblestone, Interweave Knits Fall 2007
Yarn:  Cascade 220, Midnight Heather (color 9449)
Started:   December 25, 2007
Finished:  October 5, 2008

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I am really pleased with the sweater and the fit on him.  Do you remember where I started with this sweater?    I was so traumatized by the experience of knitting the completely wrong size and having to frog the whole thing  – body and sleeves – that it took me almost two months to re-start.  So I’ve really been knitting this sweater for a year.  So I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to have this done.  And have it fit. 

I do love the yarn – and I’m so glad that I switched from the Skye Tweed I had started the first one in – this one is so soft and the color is so nice.  I just love working with Cascade 220 – really a great yarn.  I really liked the pattern too (now that its done) – love that its knit in the round with minor seaming.  I think its a great pattern, and I’d recommend it highly. 

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I had mentioned that the sleeves were too long and that I had to rip them back.  Hmmm….I found out that you can’t rip back from the cast on edge – you have to pick it out.  I did that for a little bit yesterday and got about 1/100 of an inch so I knew that I had to find another way ….

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Yep, I cut both and picked up the stitches and just re-knit the cuff.  It was a little stressful doing it, and the second one went a lot better than the first.  But it worked out in the end, and Larry is happy with his new sweater.

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Some projects just go well from the start, and are easy.  This one was a pain in the ass from the start – but I have to say – I think I learned a lot from it.  I learned to actually believe measurements, to check gauge and adjust for it (my stitch gauge was fine, but my row gauge was off – leading to the sleeve issue), and to fix my knitting mistakes (cutting the sleeves) rather than giving up or making someone wear a sweater that doesn’t fit well.  I know that next time I start a sweater I’ll take a little more time and make sure I’m doing it right from the beginning.

I’m finally feeling better today and am finally back to being active – I even made a cake for dinner!  I’ve already started my next project (and I just realized that I didn’t do a gauge swatch …so much for starting right from the beginning – that didn’t last long, eh?). 

OK, off to knit on the new project – have a great week!

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28 Responses to Cobblestone

  1. Stephanie says:

    It looks GREAT! Congratulations on finally finishing it! No more worries about it sitting in your knitting basket, woo hoo!

    I also can’t wait to see what you’ve started next!

  2. weezalana says:

    It turned out fab! And it looks great on him, too – matches his eyes!

  3. Rhonda says:

    Congratulations, it looks fabulous. I’ve had to cut sleeves back too. But what a learning experience. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  4. Christianne says:

    Waaahoooo! It looks wonderful – although I was wondering if it had given Larry a headache – but then you esplained that look on his face. It really does look nice – can I have the skye tweed now? Glad your feeling better, too.

    Swatches? Who needs stinkin swatches!

  5. hakucho says:

    Yikes…you sure are brave to cut BOTH of the sleeves!! Not sure I’d have the guts to do that!! The result is PERFECT and looks so nice on Larry. I bet it is his new favorite sweater. The color is wonderful 🙂
    You should be very proud of yourself, great job!!

    Glad you are feeling better. I’m a little bit better, but still feel really run down. I can’t wait to feel good…I have so much to get done.
    Take care and have a nice evening…happy knitting on your new project…yay 🙂

  6. Rachel says:

    Your Cobblestone and your man both look really nice 🙂

  7. Ren says:

    wow, jeanne, the sweater looks great! i’m so glad you persevered through all the problems with it. it looks well worth the effort! : )

  8. Cookie says:

    It’s fabulous!

    Well done! I’m so glad you were able to fix the sleeves. For a while there, I thought you would need to get yourself a long armed husband. *L*

    It looks lovely on Larry and really makes his eye color pop! 😀

  9. Awesome Mom says:

    It turned out great! I will never have to knit a sweater for my husband, he hates them with a passion. I think he looks good in sweaters but the only time I could get him to wear one was when we were dating, the second we got married the sweaters were gone.

  10. dawn says:

    That’s a lovely sweater, it looks warm and cosy (it’s cold here this morning). I think I’d like one for me!

  11. kim says:

    The sweater looks great on him and seems to be the perfect color. Great job!

  12. Kim says:

    beautiful! what a great fit.

  13. Lorraine says:

    Jeanne- The color and style couldn’t be more perfect.
    I think it’s a success all around.

    What’s next?

  14. dragonxser says:

    wow – what a beautiful seater! Well done 🙂

  15. Opal says:

    The Cobblestone looks fantastic on Larry! And yes, it’s more important to get a good picture of the sweater then the model. 😉

  16. donna lee says:

    I have admired that sweater but all of that plain stockinette stitching has me a little intimidated. I just know my husband would love it because of its simplicity so I think I’ll have to just bite the bullet and buy some yarn.

  17. Missy says:

    I think that it looks awesome. By the way you hubby looks like a clothing model. LOL

  18. lilypily says:

    It looks great! Good on you for sticking with it and finally finishing. Larry looks pleased with it too. 🙂 Always a bonus huh?! 🙂

  19. rhoda says:

    yay!!!!!!! so glad to hear that you conquered your cobblestone and larry looks great in it. definitely a good color choice. I totally agree with Cookie–the color does make the color of his eyes pop! 🙂

  20. Jennifer says:

    What a handsome Cobblestone! That’s a great pattern, and picked a lovely color for your hubby.

  21. tiennie says:

    Haha! You understand us so well. We want pictures of the knitting and not the model! J/K! Handsome man, handsome sweater!

  22. Shea says:

    Looks fantastic! Is his hand tattooed or is that a hand stamp? 🙂 I just had to ask – my two year old is really into hand stamps right now. tee hee.

  23. rebekahsyarn says:

    Very Very Nice! I love that picture of him, it looks like he’s saying – why oh why do I have to be put on the blog. Or at least that is what my hubby would be saying.

  24. Fantastic! It looks great! I can’t believe you just cut off the bottom of the too-long sleeves, though. What bravery .. impressive!

    Congrats on a gorgeous FO!!!

  25. jennygirl says:

    This turned out beautifully! Great job too, regardles of the speed bumps along the way.
    Swatch? What swatch? 🙂
    Glad you’re feeling better too.

  26. lucy says:

    Hey Congrats for such a great knit!

  27. Lynne says:

    A great sweater…and it makes Larry’s eyes look even bluer!

  28. Wanda says:

    even though you had to start Cobblestone over, it is perfect now. That shade of blue is perfect for your hubby. He has beautiful blue eyes!

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