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Old 03-19-2006, 12:19 PM   #1
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Cables with variegated yarn???
Hi all,

A friend of mine is expecting a baby boy in June, so you know what that means...baby stuff knitting time!!!

I was thinking about making this and have a couple questions for y'all.

Have you ever seen (or knit yourself) cables with variegated yarn? Does it look nice/weird? Should I stick to solid colours?

This pattern suggests Rowan All Seasons Cotton, but do you know of any substitute yarns that I could use instead, perhaps from my favourite yarn companies of all time - Red Heart and Lion Brand :rollseyes:

And now for the toughie question - could I change this pattern to knit it in the round? Is it as simple as subtracting two stitches from each side? Could I also just pick up stitches around the arm holes from which to knit the sleeves? Or is this too ambitious an undertaking and I should just leave the pattern as it is???
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Old 03-19-2006, 12:23 PM   #2
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I've seen cables in varietaged yarn and they look fine--not as pronounced, maybe, but still pretty.

Since it's a cardigan, if you wanted to do it truly in the round, you'd have to steek the front. What I'm doing on a cardigan for myself is connecting the sides and back into one long piece that I'll divide for the armholes. You can absolutely pick up and knit the sleeves down, just decrease where you would have increased.
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Old 03-19-2006, 12:27 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
Since it's a cardigan, if you wanted to do it truly in the round, you'd have to steek the front.
Umm....maybe I shouldn't be trying this, since I have no idea what you mean by steek...
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steek the front
something absolutly, completely, and utterly terrifying....but something I WILL do someday!!!!!!!!!

you actually CUT the yarn.
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Since it's a cardigan, if you wanted to do it truly in the round, you'd have to steek the front.
Umm....maybe I shouldn't be trying this, since I have no idea what you mean by steek...
If you want to knit a cardigan in the round, and Fair Isle patterns often do this, you need a way to open the front up, right? A steek is an extra group of stitches--usually around 10 that you add to the front so you can continue to knit in the round all the way up. Sweaters use them for armholes and neck shaping, too. When you're done with your knitting, you secure the steeks, usually by sewing up each side of the center of the extra stitches with a sewing machine.

Then you CUT up the middle between the sewn seams.

I posted a demo of a steeked sweater a while back if you're curious.

Otherwise, casting on all the stitches for the two sides and the back saves you having to seam the sides.
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People actually knit things and then purposefully cut them up??? WHAT???
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People actually knit things and then purposefully cut them up??? WHAT???
Not cut them up--cut them where they need to be cut. They really don't unravel!!!
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Here is a pic of a cable scarf in Karaoke, a self-striping yarn.

I think it depends on how veariegated the yarn is - if it's a gradual change, then cables would look beautiful. You can always do a swatch first and see how it looks.
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Otherwise, casting on all the stitches for the two sides and the back saves you having to seam the sides.
Okay, I think maybe this is more my speed, since I am DEFINITELY not ready to do any steeking!!!

So, if I just cast on enough stitches for the back and two front pieces, I could just knit back and forth until the armholes, right?
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Exactly. You'll eliminate stitches for the edges of each side since you won't be seaming. Just make sure that the side panel patterns line up. You might have to play with the numbers a bit.
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