Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Rambling Shadows

Rambling Shadows Back View
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Rambling Shadows Front View
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The Rambling Shadows Jacket is fini!... well, that's not quite technically true. I still need buttons.

I will say that both Matt and I were concerned about it fitting me before I got the buttonbands on. It looked sloppy and not very flattering. However, doing the buttonbands was like magic, and I'm very happy with it. So let's do some project stats:

Rambling Shadows Jacket
Rambling Rows Jacket
Yarn: Caron's Simply Shadows and Simply Soft
Problems with the Pattern: none that I noticed
Changes to the pattern: Nothing technical, but I goofed on the lower front panels (the decreases go in the opposite direction to how the pattern is written. I don't think it matters for what I was doing...) oh, and I think I may have put the buttonholes on the wrong side (oops). I did use a smaller needle for the ribbing than the pattern suggested.
Design Notes: I used the Simply Shadows for the body and the Simply Soft for the sleeves and the buttonbands. I didn't have much of the Simply Shadows yarn (and I ended up needing 5 skeins, with not a lot leftover), so I didn't bother trying to do any color matchinig up. That's the way the yarn came out of the skein.
Overall impressions: This is exactly what I had in mind. It was fast, cheap and easy. It's cozy and comfortable and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I would do this pattern again in a heartbeat. I plan on using this sweater around the house, so I wanted something fast to knit, in inexpensive yarn that I could toss in the washer and dryer. I also wanted it soft. This absolutely fits the bill. As I said, I had been a little suspect as I got the body done, as the garter stitch was all stretched out. However, I'm now very happy with the fit and the style. I'll give the project a thumbs up.


  1. Wow, I love this one. It will make a great house sweater. What size does this pattern go up to? Should I consider purchasing it?

  2. Oh gosh it's lovely! I have the materials put away for this and it's prettier than in the pattern. You are enabling you know :-)

  3. Very nice. Nothing like fast, cheap, and easy. ;-)

  4. Wow, Cindy - that's absolutely gorgeous!!

  5. Just caught up on your posts. I'm sorry Fawne didn't work out. Your progress photos are gorgeous!! I hope at some point you take her out of the bag and can face finishing her. I'm on camisole 3.0 myself, currently ripping back. I started this during last year's Tour, sigh.

    Your jacket is lovely, as is the Shoalwater Shawl. Matt's sweater looks great too! I need to finish some knits too...everything I'm working on is for summer and the temperatures have already dropped here. I refuse to have more than 3 WIPs, though, so I won't start a fall project yet.

    Hope Matt is doing well in the recent races. Chris did his first post-move race Saturday, and flatted with three laps to go. With the new tires. One of which got shredded the following day on a regular ride. Ugh. :)

  6. I love love love this sweater I have some of the black and I also have is pattern I am so going to find it and cast on this week. We can be twins.

  7. I've been thinking about making the Rambling Shadows Jacket and when I saw yours, I definitely decided to knit it. Could you please tell me the colors of both of the Caron's yarn that you used? I absolutely love the colors you chose.

    Thanks SO much,


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