Monday, March 20, 2006

Spring Had Sprung!!!!




I really didn't think I would get it done by the end of the weekend. Can I just say I LOVE IT!!!!!

Project Info:
Pattern: Spring Forward Cardigan by Janet Szabo. Can be found in the Twists & Turns Newsletter Spring 2004.
Yarn: TLC's Cotton Plus in light rose.
Problems with the pattern: All problems were self imposed. The pattern is very well written (there is a clarification on Janet's website about how to increase the neckline). The charts were clear and the sweater is gorgeous.
Changes to the pattern: Using a different yarn did create some issues for me. My filler stitch swatch was a little under the pattern gauge and my cables were coming out much larger. My first attempt of this pattern was a disaster as I've lost over 30 lbs from when I started it, and I chose the wrong size to begin with. I also found my first yarn to be hard to cable (Cascade Sierra). I decided to try the Cotton Plus, as it's washable and I loved the pink color (and very easy to cable). The second one was started and I "thought" I was on gauge, but my sleeves ended up being too tight and my neck fell off my shoulders. Did some recalculation and you can see the results above. Well worth knitting 3 times. The only other change to the pattern was making the armholes just a bit deeper (but as mentioned on Garnet, that's not unusual for me).

This one will be knit again. I want a "Fall Back Cardigan" so I plan on doing one in wool. I'll do the same steps to make sure the wool is gauged properly. Thanks Janet for a truely beautiful project!

Oh, and speaking of Garnet:

Just a quick modeled picture since Matt was kind enough to get some photos before he left for work this morning.

Well, that wraps up an other project (woo-hoo!). Now what to concentrate on? Well I should get my Lucy Bag finished up over the next few days then we'll tackle some thing new!!!

16 comments:

  1. Cindy, it fits beautifully, and is totally inspiring - nice work!

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  2. That's just knock out! I agree. Well worth all the extra trouble you went through. Both sweaters are beautiful. And you look terrific wearing them!

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  3. Cindy, those are both just gorgeous sweaters! You're a knitting inspiration.

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  4. Beuatiful! Both are so wonderful! I love the color choices, especially for the Spring Forward. Not only are they beautiful but the fit couldn't be better.

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  5. Cindy, I wish you lived nearby -- I'd hire you to give me a lesson on fitting. Those sweaters are perfect on your new figure! Wowza!!! --Sylvia

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  6. AWESOME!!! you go girl!! Spring Forward is just GORGEOUS!!!! I have to get back to mine!!! wow! and that tee is just beautiful on you!
    YEAH!!!! oh, does this mean you get to buy more yarn??? *lol*

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  7. Awesome Job! I cannot wait to begin my Sring Forward Cardi, but I must finish the FLAK first. I am using the same yarn. :-) CONGRATS on the weight loss! Would you mind telling what size you made? I think it is awesome you finished by the first day of spring. :)

    Jennifer-who has not begun the SFKAL yet.

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  8. Your Spring Forward is wonderful, Cindy, and fits perfectly, congrats!! I'm impatient to start mine but I have to wait a little bit... Garnet is also very nice, I'll buy the book for sure!
    Hugs from France!

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  9. Cindy, the sweaters are fantastic and fit you so nicely. I want to make both of them! Looking forward to seeing your next projects.

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  10. You rock!!! Amazing. If I could only finish projects as fast as you I'd be happy all the time.

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  11. Cindy...you ARE a true knitting inspiration! The colors look wonderful on you and the fit...awesome. You Rock!

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  12. I love them both and you look beautiful in them!

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  13. Gor-gee-oso! So beautiful, and very flattering. Great job! And definitely worth knitting until it worked for you.

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  14. Wowza sweaters, Cindy!!! I love the pink cardi so much!

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  15. WOW. Great to see the completed sweaters and how nicely they fit. I have the Spring Forward Pattern, but need to finish my FLAK before starting anything else.

    I really enjoyed checking out your blog and all you beautiful knitting!

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  16. Wow! Your sweaters are great! I'm looking forward to seeing your finished Lucy Bag. I've made two so far & I love them!

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