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Scary Gorgeous Sweater
February 12 2010
October 16 2010
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Scary Gorgeous Sweater
#13 Side to Side Cable Top by Louisa Harding
Needles & yarn
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
Louisa Harding Yarns Grace Silk & Wool
220 yards in stash
10 skeins = 1100.0 yards (1005.8 meters), 500 grams
Brooklyn General Store in Brooklyn, New York
1 skein
New York Sheep & Wool Festival

It took me 9 months to finish it (who can knit mohair in the summer?) but I LOVE it now. It’s fuzzilicious and the silk wool is so slippery. It feels very sexy in that sweater girl way. I hope I get some wear out of it when the weather gets colder.

This pattern is way vague. In order to correctly make this pattern, you have to do lots of maths for your individual size. Over all I think it was worth it, and maybe my notes will save someone else some time making unnecessary mistakes.

To make a long story short; you absolutely should not cast on & bind off for the body within the neckline cable chart section regardless of how long your knitting currently measures, as this will not give enough width for the body. In fact, anywhere the pattern tells you to knit until an arbitrary measurement you need to get out your trusty calculator and pencil and start doing the algebra using your blocked gauge swatch as reference. This is because the arbitrary measurements within the pattern are only correct if they are the blocked measurements…. and no one blocks a mohair sweater WHILE they are knitting. So NO, you cannot knit in established pattern for X inches at any time really.

This irritates me because this REALLY is a simple design (it’s CHARTED and there are only 2 side seams!), but the way the pattern is written Vogue has made it into an VERY EXPERIENCED knitter pattern. I know I’m an experienced Vogue knitter now!

For the record, I started my increase rows for the under arm gusset beginning on row 24 of the last full cable repeat. Then repeat rows 1-12 once more which gave me 12 additional rows between the cast on edge for the body and the beginning of the neckline chart, and then another 12 rows before the bind off on the other side. 50 rows + 12 +12 = 74 rows at 4.5 rows per inch = 16.5” (34” body circumference)
I think this pattern has some ISSUES….. the numbers and charts are so precise, but it leaves the crucial details of which row to cast on and bind off for the body to arbitrary measurements. Despite the fact that I have gotten gauge, in order for the sleeves to be the same length I have to bind off in a symmetrical place in the cable pattern…. and this makes the body TOO SMALL. YES I have row gauge AND I am using the required yarn (in the same color way no less!) so I gotta call this a Vague Knitting error. Maybe I’m just bitter because it’s sitting in my freezer waiting to be frogged and there are 4 days left in the Olympics. DAMN.
Love knitting this for ravelympics. It makes me want to go ice-skating in it.

I have noticed some chart errors that are undocumented.
The start up instructions for the first cable chart section are slightly incorrect.
Also, the errata is incorrect for this pattern. When transitioning from the first chart to the second chart you need to end on row 12, not 14.

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About this yarn
by Louisa Harding Yarns
50% Silk, 50% Merino
110 yards / 50 grams

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  • Originally queued: April 24, 2008
  • Project created: February 12, 2010
  • Finished: October 17, 2010
  • Updated: January 26, 2012
  • Progress updates: 6 updates