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Old 04-18-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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Eyeing my next project, need some advice!
I'm eyeing this cardigan for my next project (the one on the left): http://www.thevintageknittinglady.co...estway187a.gif

However, first I have to make a couple of choices, and I could really use some input on those.

I think I would like to knit the cardie with a contrast colour for the ribbing, pocket, collar and button bands. The button bands are knit as part of the sweater (so each row starts or ends w k1, p1 ribbing before/after the main pattern sts), what would be the best way of doing this in a contrast colour? Should I treat the button bands as vertical stripes? (After seeing the intarsia video, it looks like it would be relatively simple this way). Or is there a better strategy?

Also, what would be the pros and cons to adapting the pattern to knit in the round? I like the idea of knitting everything at once so I'm sure it's even (and don't have to seam), but on the other hand I'm not completely sure I'm ready for steeks!

Thank you so much for your input!!!
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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Very pretty!

If you're going to knit the cardigan in the round, then you would definitely have to do steeks and you would have to do intarsia in the round as well. I did a search on YouTube for intarsia in the round and found these. The method for in the round is a bit different than when worked flat--that is, what's in the KH video, so do take a look at some of them before you jump in.

Personally, I would work this as one piece but not in the round; with this method, you still wouldn't have any side seams--just shoulder seams, but you'd have those with steeks, too. Knitting it flat as one piece is easy enough to do, and you could include the different colored button bands as you go using regular old intarsia like what's in the KH video.

The ribbing can be worked as a stripe, and the pocket can be knit at the same time as the ribbing (based on what I see in the picture). The collar can be added later in any color you choose.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
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I agree about knitting it flat, one piece. I don't see anything to complicate knitting it all as one piece much. I'd perhaps add a "side seam" by slipping a stitch on the knit side where the side seam would be if there were one. I tried this recently and liked the result. I'd start by working the ribbing in the color I chose and then add the 2nd color for the main body at the appropriate spot. You'll need two balls of the color for the fronts, one for each side, but that's definitely doable. A three-needle bind off for the shoulders and those two seams are gone also. Looks like an interesting and fun knit.
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There's a cool way to make phony seams. I've done it and like it.
http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/d...-top-down.aspx
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
There's a cool way to make phony seams. I've done it and like it.
http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/d...-top-down.aspx

Jan, thanks for the link. That's interesting. I'll have to try it. I'm thinking doing it that way will make the faux seam more substantial. Is that the point of working two strands into one stitch?
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I would work this as one piece but not in the round
That sounds great, I hadn't thought of that! I would have to separate it in front and back pieces when I reach the armholes, is that right?

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and the pocket can be knit at the same time as the ribbing
As far as I can tell from the pattern, the ribbing forms the front of the pocket, a few stitches are set aside to knit the pocket top, and a separate piece is knit and stitched in place to form the back of the pocket.

Actually, now that I've had a closer look at the pattern and the picture, I realize that the button bands, collar and pocket tops are in moss stitch, upon first look I thought everything was ribbed. Good thing that I see it now - knowing myself, I could have probably ripped it back several times before realizing I had read the pattern wrong!

And I love the idea of faking the side seams!!
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Jan, thanks for the link. That's interesting. I'll have to try it. I'm thinking doing it that way will make the faux seam more substantial. Is that the point of working two strands into one stitch?
If you only do one strand then you're really only fixing a dropped stitch and it does nothing. Worked this way it folds like a seam. It would work on a scarf knit in the round, too. Try it on a swatch!
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If you only do one strand then you're really only fixing a dropped stitch and it does nothing. Worked this way it folds like a seam. It would work on a scarf knit in the round, too. Try it on a swatch!
I was thinking about the difference between this method and slipping a stitch every other row working in the round, on the knit side if knitted flat. I'll do a swatch. Thats the best way to see the difference, I can do both on the same swatch for a side by side comparison.
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Yes, you would need to divide up front left, front right, and back once you reach the arm shaping, but generally those go pretty fast. I've even used separate balls of yarn for each section and just continued knitting all the way across until I've completed everything at once.
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I've even used separate balls of yarn for each section and just continued knitting all the way across until I've completed everything at once.
Another thing I wouldn't have thought to do, but it sounds nice - when you're done, you're done.

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