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Old 07-27-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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WIP: Banana Tree Cardigan
I knit a modified version of the Banana Tree cardigan in Dec 2010.

The banana tree leaf pattern needs a simple yarn, not a textured yarn...
(like the yarn I was determined to use back in 2010!).

But I always wanted to knit this cardigan again, just like it was supposed to be knit, no changes to the pattern stitch along the Front edges! It's a cute casual sweater, no frills...with the exception of the banana tree leaves running up the front edges. Love those banana tree leaves!

So here it is, mid-2012...I finally found a yarn (and color) that calls to me for the Banana Tree!

It's a FREE pattern.

The body is cast on in one wide piece (not in 3 pieces for both fronts and the back, which I prefer), but I couldn't figure out the cast on numbers (math) to knit it in pieces...so I gave in...and cast on 235 stitches. Bah.

It's slow going, let me tell ya! I'm making headway. The body is up to 11"...with 3 inches to go before I bind off for the armholes and begin working the upper body for the back, and two fronts, separately. Oh I can hardly wait for that!

Yes, I'll bind off for armholes when the body is 14" rather than the pattern 16". I want to allow for the growth I think will occur when I block it, using the full soak blocking. I don't want this cardigan to resemble a short bathrobe.

This yarn is knitting up wonky. That is to say...the V shape of the knits from the RS are icky. One leg might be lopsided. But I noticed that stretching the work this way and that will 'right' the knit stitches. So I am certain the full-on full-soak blocking will be needed to shape up the look of the knits. I had success with this with a cotton baby set I knit several years ago. The yarn was cotton, and although folks say you can't block cotton, or don't need to, I beg to differ. You can use blocking to accomplish numerous goals.

Here is my progress:


See the banana tree leaves?


Below: see how those 4 knits (of the faux ribbing) are wonky in places?
Well this drives me absolutely insane. I'll not rest til it's fixed.


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Old 07-28-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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The twist in some yarns (the way its spun?) can cause that in one leg of the stitch, but in only one stitch...? Dunno. That's great that it blocks out. And it's gorgeous!!
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I think you're right. I believe I've read that. Single ply yarns are susceptible to wonky knit stitches, too. I don't know if there exists a preventative technique for this annoying little hitch.

Nothing I've tried with this yellow yarn has prevented that wonky leg from gumming up the field of K4's. I just keep plodding along, sometimes stopping to "right" a few legs with my dpn.

I'm mollifed in the knowledge that aggressive blocking will remedy the crazy knit stitches.
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The Banana Tree looks beautiful in progress, elegant stitch markers and all. Perfect color yarn for this sweater. Wonky stitches have met their match!
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It is going to be beautiful and the color is to die for. Drives me nuts when yarns don't do what you want them to do.
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Your stitches don't seem wonky at all to me, looks lovely as always, can't wait to see your finished product!!
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Beautiful! I love the banana leaves.

But OMG... 235 stitches in each row.... each row must feel like a career.

It's looking really nice and I bet your blocking will take care of the leg weirdness on those stitches just fine.
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Originally Posted by Tntgin4118 View Post
235 stitches in each row.... each row must feel like a career.
You can say that again! What makes it worse...if you make a mistake in the banana tree leaf chart, with 'work' on RS & WS, it's almost impossible to fix....and imagine the depressing thought of frogging or tinking 235st rows!

Therefore, you must go real slow when you knit the 16 st charted sections at each Front edge!

The pattern called for a very vexatious thing (which I tried and failed at with my 2010 Banana Tree Cardigan): on the very first row after casting on, start the first charted section with it's row 1, but at the end of the first row, start with row 7 for second charted section. Bah!

The chart is 12 rows tall. What a juggling act! You essentially have four balls in the air at all times! Keeping track of where you're at is very aggravating, for very little, if any, benefit!

So I did myself a favor and worked the charted areas starting with Chart row 1 on each end of each long long row.

You're so right about each row seems like a career!
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
....and imagine the depressing thought of frogging or tinking 235st rows!

You're so right about each row seems like a career!
Jeepers... yeah. I was about at the end of my tolerance when I was trying to tink just one row, half that long . Epic fail on my part. It was a k3 p3 and I was really making a mess of it Ended up running a lifeline a few rows down and biting the bullet and frogging it back. I can only shudder at the thought of trying to follow (much less reverse) your banana leaf rows
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[quote=ArtLady1981;1353169]You can say that again! What makes it worse...if you make a mistake in the banana tree leaf chart, with 'work' on RS & WS, it's almost impossible to fix....and imagine the depressing thought of frogging or tinking 235st rows!

I don't even want to imagine that! Anyway, I think that it's looking great--even before blocking out the wonky stitches! I love the color, too. The pattern is just beautiful!
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