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gloriana
« on: September 20, 2004 03:36:09 PM »

Is anyone else out there knitting the "Loll" cardigan (or sweater) from the Rowan Calmer collection booklet?  I just started on the first sleeve of the cardigan - I'm using Calmer in "Squirrel" (a dark almost-black color).  It's a funky pattern, with some challenging stitches, and I'd love to swap advice with anyone else who is knitting (or has knitted) it.  You can see pictures from the Calmer magazine here:  http://www.theknittinggarden.com/ro-magcalmer.htm
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2004 07:21:03 PM »

How is that pattern created on the sleeves? It looks absolutely lovely in the pictures. I just might have to ask for this book for my birthday (so far, way too many books for my birthday). I really hope you post pictures of this when you are done!

Jill
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2004 03:39:08 PM »

it's a pretty weird stitch pattern for the fringed cuffs and bottom of the sweater - but it's not hard.  you basically just knit three stitches, cast on 6 (I used the backward loop cast-on b/c it's easiest) and then bind off 6.  then repeat.  I finished one sleeve cuff, but now am a little confused by the seemingly basic rib pattern of the sleeve body - it looks like straight-up P3 K1 rib, but the pattern has you P3, then slip 1 purlwise, which makes a not-nice-looking elongated stitch in front.  so I'm considering disregarding the pattern and doing a standard P3 K1 rib - but I'm afraid to defy the pattern authorities...  ack.
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2004 05:19:22 AM »

I am assuming that you will eventually knit (or purl) that slipped stitch . . . and I must say that slipping stitches still makes me nervous. Defy the pattern authorities if you must . . . I didn't like one of the directions for the short rows on Salt Peanuts (the bane of my current exisitance) so I did it the way that I wanted and it looks fine. Still think I might order this book . . . too gorgeous to pass up. What gauge yarn does that pattern call for? I have about 10 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky in a really lush green that might work if the gauge for the yarn is right.

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2004 04:01:35 PM »

hey greenchick-
the gauge for Calmer is 21 stitches and 30 rows to a 4" square on US 8 needles.  I'm guessing the Debbie Bliss yarn might work - yes?  The Calmer Collection is great - there are many lovely patterns in there I would love to make... my next Calmer project will probably be "Audrey" from Rowan 35, though...

You do purl the slipped stitch on the WS side of the ribbing, but it looks weird...  I don't know, I may just change it!
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2004 07:43:11 PM »

The Debbie Bliss yarn is super bulky and has a gauge that it about 4 stitches to the inch. I do have some lovely Debbie Bliss aran yarn that might work . . . and I intended to make something for my neice with it, but I am getting kind of tired of making stuff for other people. I guess I am that darn selfish after all!

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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2004 03:43:35 PM »

go for it, greenchick!  I think having a balance between knitting for yourself and knitting for other people is essential.... you gotta make some goodies for yourself now and again.  Smiley  keep me posted if you decide to go for it.
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2004 05:14:26 PM »

I just picked up this project again today - it was languishing in the bottom of my knitting bag because I couldn't figure out how I was supposed to do the stitch pattern for the body of the sweater.  But now it all seems clear!  It's a really clever stitch pattern - on the right side, you purl 3 stitches, then you slip 1 stitch purlwise - but the trick is that you need to move the yarn to the back of the work before slipping the stitch.  Then on the wrong side, you knit 3, purl 1.  It's an adaptation of a rib - which gives the same visual effect of the rib without nearly as much elasticity.  It's so cool!  I'm so pleased that I figured it out.  It's going to look really neat... if it doesn't take me 100 years to finish the sweater.  I will post a photo when I've finished the sleeve.
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2005 07:02:55 AM »

It's a really clever stitch pattern - on the right side, you purl 3 stitches, then you slip 1 stitch purlwise - but the trick is that you need to move the yarn to the back of the work before slipping the stitch.  Then on the wrong side, you knit 3, purl 1. 

Hello,
I want to make this cardigan and am a little confused on the stitch pattern. In the quote above gloriana says the slipped purl stitch is through the back. Gloriana? Anyone? is this correct? Has anyone made this sweater with slipping the stitch with the yarn in front?
Also, I am thinking of making it in Rowan Summer Tweed, which is worsted weight. Any opinions of this yarn??? Do you think it would work ok for this pattern?
Everyone here is always such a great help! I hope someone there can shed some light on this for me.
Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2005 05:55:27 AM »

I so *very* much want to knit the "Hearten" pattern from the same collection.

But,.., Calmer is SO far out of my price range at the moment. I know it's really soft (from fingering it at a yarn store) but...

I'd read somewhere it has an unique kind of elasticity to it, making it very difficult to substitute for.

Has anyone had any success substituting a cheaper yarn for these patterns?

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