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« on: September 08, 2006 10:22:31 PM »

All right.  So I'm making a GIANT attempt at Mariah from knitty right now.  I've frogged more wonky knotwork than I can shake a stick at.  My problem is that the raised part of the knotwork pattern in chart c refuses to raise.  I'm wondering if this is usually a problem with tension, or if I keep making some stupid error.  Anyone knit this sweater and run into this problem?

I'm starting to wonder if I should just continue the chart b alternating cables up the sleeve and scrap the whole celtic design.  Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance for help/moral support.
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2006 09:50:11 PM »

Are you doing the cabling on a background of reverse stockinette stitch? That's one reason I can think of for not seeing a raised knotwork pattern.
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2006 10:38:15 PM »

Are you doing the cabling on a background of reverse stockinette stitch? That's one reason I can think of for not seeing a raised knotwork pattern.

Yes.  It's what the pattern calls for.  Should I do it over garter stitch?  I'm relatively new to cables, so maybe I'm just screwing up somewhere.  I'm thinking about just not doing the knotwork pattern, but it is kind of what makes the sweater so cool. Undecided  I'm definately going to give it another try though.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2006 06:21:15 AM »

How much have you done?  maybe it's just a matter of keeping on it and letting the fabric relax?  the reverse stockinette is the right thing for cables to show up on.  Under normal circumstances, a knit stitch in that situation should always raise up over a purl stitch.

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2006 01:26:17 PM »

I haven't gotten very far.  Probably an inch or two into the pattern.  Part of it will raise and then the rest just looks kinda jumbled.  May be you're right about it needing to relax.  I'll knit further this time, resisting my urge to frog it all over again.  Thanks!
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2006 04:04:40 PM »

Knit a few more inches, if you still don't like it post a pic.  I made Mariah, I can help.

« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2006 04:11:52 PM »

Thanks.  I really appreciate the help. Cheesy
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