Monday, January 29, 2007

Burgundy Red Forecast Newbie

Hello everyone! I'm new to the KAL. I just started knitting the sweater on this past Wednesday. I got quite a bit of knitting done on it over the weekend because it was raining the whole time. The yarn I'm using is Cascade 220 in color #8884, a sort of burgundy red. Needles are US size 8 and 6. I enjoy reading about everyone's alterations to the patterns. I'm planning to do the arm alterations.

Picture above is the back. Picture below is the front.

I'm now glad to be on the Lower Body section with the K2 P2 rib. I was getting a little tired of the bobbles. Now with this little break from them, I know I'll be ready for them again when I get to the sleeves.

For the sleeves I'm also planning on using double pointed needles to knit in the round. Less seaming I have to do the better :)


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Frog green forecast

I have had a few ups and downs with Forecast since starting two weeks ago - firstly, I started knitting on 3.75mm circulars, thinking the difference in gauge wouldn't be too significant. The neck has turned out perfectly so I'm very happy with it. I knitted a few repeats of the yoke using the recommended 4.5mm needles, but after checking gauge, it was definitely turning out too small so I switched to 5mm needles. Even then, my gauge was STILL off so I have been knitting the medium size. I also found, like some other people, that if I had divided the sleeves where the pattern suggests I would have cut off the circulation in my arms so I knit quite a few extra rows (without increasing) before dividing.

Then, after knitting a few repeats of the body it was still a bit small so I decided to increase 2 stitches either side of the front for the next 3 'right side' rows. I was on my way to work so for some insane reason I decided to invent an increase method! Not only was it really awkward and difficult to do, it also disrupted the nice garter stitch pattern but I carried on knitting (another 2 repeats) before admitting to myself it looked terrible and frogging back. I have about 1 and a half repeats left before switching to ribbing.

forecast finished

It's been defying photography, but it's done. Complete with 294 bobbles and 196 cable crosses. And I love it!

Started: 20 April 2006

Finished: 19 January 2007

Yarn: 6 and a bit 100g balls of Rowanspun aran in Heath from Cucumberpatch.

Needles: 5mm and 4.5mm circulars.

Modifications: Not that many really. I did 5 stitch bobbles and the short cuffs as written. I missed out some of the raglan increases on the sleeve side to make the arms less enormous and then decreased again from 64 to 40 stitches before doing the cuffs. I extended the ribbing at the bottom. I did try adding short rows to the bust, but soon ripped it out again because it looked silly and wasn't needed because the garter stitch part is stretchy enough.

Cross-posted on Pigwotknits.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

My Favourite

I'm so pleased with my second Forecast I had to post it here. I don't have much time to post details, so if you're remotely interested, pop over to my blog, The Knitting Princess and the Pea. I really like all the variations of Forecast and will probably knit a third sometime. What a completely fab pattern this is!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Halfway there

Hi, I'm Lisa, new to this knitalong. I'm using Patons merino in Peacock and like many opted for the modified smaller bobble and longer ribbing. Another inch or so on the body ribbing then I can move onto the sleeves.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Two steps back

I had a minor set back today. I was done with the stockinette on the bottom as well as one side of the button band when I realized I didn't like the fit of the sweater. The ribbing part was too short. So I ripped back to the ribbing and will add about 2 inches. Oh well, I guess it is worth it. I have seen so many cute versions of this sweater on this blog that I just want to make sure mine measures up.
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    I've just started my forecast in Cascade 220 (highland green I think). I cast on yesterday and have finished the neck band and am about to start the yoke. I'm a bit paranoid about doing the chart wrong so wanted to ask for some help! Are the blank squares 'knit'? and are the purl rows charted or not? Can someone clarify this? thanks!

    Monday, January 08, 2007


    Forecast is d-o-n-e done!

    This was a pretty easy, quick knit. I made all the popular modifications on this one (3 st bobbles, ribbing at the elbows, etc.).

    I used just under 4 skeins of Cascade 220 tweed. My only gripes are that the yarn bled all over my hands while knitting it, and it's started to pill already. But, I love the fit!

    More details at my blog.

    Saturday, January 06, 2007

    First knitalong

    This is my first knitalong and I have to say that if it hadn't been for the blog I would not have realized how many mistakes I made.

    First of all I read the chart upside down like others have and I got the spacing wrong by reading the chart as all right side rows but then I did something else which was accidentally start reading the chart as right side rows and wrong side rows after having done two repeats of the pattern so then I had to establish that as the pattern, two repeats with strechted out spacing and two rows with the right spacing. It still looks cute though and I like how the bobbles ( I did the five bobble)look like monkey faces. I am using Araucania Nature Wool color #28 on #5 and #7 addis needles. I also spaced on the sizing but I think I ended up making the medium size widthwisw but the large length. I really just made it as long as i thought looked good.

    This picture shows the color a little better. I haven't quite decided what to do with the sleeves. I see some poeple are having trouble withthem. I think I might try them how it is written in the pattern Stephanie wrote. since the gauge is a little smaller than the pattern calls for I think the sleeves may come out okay. For more pictures and details check here.
    ps is anyone else unable to get onto the glampyre blog?

    Friday, January 05, 2007

    Walnut Forecast

    Finally here she is…in cascade 220, walnut heather.

    p.s. yet to be tried on. Too scared! And I am pregnant. Oh and visit my blog some time...