Samus Cardigan Knitalong

Monday, October 31, 2005

Can I catch up?

Here's what my sweater looks like so far:

Last week I became obsessed with doing something with this yarn. I was very happy when I swatched it, did the math to make sure I had enough and found that it could be a good fit for this pattern.

OK, so I probably won't catch up. But I am still inspired by all of the Samus cardigans that will come before mine, and like a couple of others here, I am motivated to get to the mindless stockinet knitting in time for flying and waiting in airports over Thanksgiving.

Samus and I fell out!

I fell out with my knitting last week. I didn't get the Samus waistband done before I left so I pack it into my carryon bag to work on during the flight. I had 3 repeats left to do, but after teaching all day and driving an hour to the airport I did one before I feel asleep. That was fine, we were still on speaking terms.

Now Friday afternoon was a different story. We came back to the hotel to try to sleep since we pretty much hadn't the previous night. I decided to work on the cabled bit. I finished my second to last repeat and sat back to admire it. looked a little wonky. I thought about it and looked again and then realized that I had transposed a row pattern or two. I'm sure that the 2 margaritas had nothing to do with it! Next came the time to try to fix it. An hour later I just ripped back and tried to pick the stitches back up the right way. Try that on a Celtic cable why dontcha? That took as long as trying to fix it did. I was stressed out and ready to cry! I finally got the stitches back on the needle and threw the whole damned thing in a bag.

Guess what? I was so pissed that I didn't knit any more at all while I was in Seattle. I did pull Samus out of the bag last night at the airport and finished the last 2 repeats, picked up the stitches, and started the miles of stockinette stitch. Now we are up and running. Hopefully things will get better.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Body done!

I finished it on Saturday. It was such a nasty day here that I told my husband I wasn't leaving the house until it was done. Here it is...

Then I started on the sleeves. I'm doing them both at the same time. It's been moving along at a snail's pace because I've been so sick. I'm only getting a few rows done a night.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

I finished the cable waist band and picked up 204(!) stitches for the body. This stockinette seems endless!

I am using a lamb's pride in tiger lily which is not as bright as Orange You Glad. It is more like a terracotta color.

I love the way stockinette looks when using Lamb's Pride. There is an article on Knitty that explains why it looks like this. I found it pretty interesting. I had noticed that different yarns produced stitches that looked different but didn't know why.
Hubby is taking me away this coming weekend. I will have at least a 2 hour ride on Friday night and another 2 hour ride on Saturday until we get to our destination. I plan to take Samus with me so I can work on the body.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Any Problems?

I have not started one yet but I am wanting to make one for my grandaughter.. She can ear a ladies small or ex small.. Or a Girls 12...

Has anyone made the Small??? How is it in size????

Have there been any problems making the sweater that I can be aware of before I start??
Thanks for Any Help you can Give me..

Pressured Knitting (j/k)

Under some serious pressure here. I got the 2nd Samus sleeve done, finally! Now I am working on the cabled band for the body of the sweater. My goal is to have it done before I leave for Seattle so that I have rows of mindless stockinette to knit on the flight out. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll only have to find someone to bribe into seaming this puppy up for me! I'll post pictures when there is progress that I am no longer ashamed of :-)

Friday, October 21, 2005

another finished hem

I just finished the bottom hem, and thought I'd post a photo. Now to figure out how to pick up stitches so they look as neat as possible. Wish me luck! :-)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Almost ready to sew

I just realized I never posted here! Totally forgot.
Well, I finished knitting the body and sleeves after some minor gauge problems.
And finally figured out the applied I-cord!
But I'm wondering if I need to block it. It has the right measurments without blocking and the stitches look fine. Plus I don't have the room to wet block it anyway and I guess it would take atleast two days to dry. Hints and tips appreciated!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Saxon Braid Decision

I am almost there! I possibly am there. Anyone who is knitting the large if you could please tell me your measurment of the braid length for the bottom of the sweater. I am not a tight knitter so it could be my knitting. I am at 8 repeats and it fits perfectly around with some ease. I am afraid if I do 1 more repeat it will end up too big. I need the width for the top or it won't big enough, but I am lacking in the hip department. I am going to think about this so I am not unhappy with the end result. Thanks

So far so good

My Samus seems to be turning out pretty well so far (knock on wood). I am relatively new to sweater knitting, as I have been afraid of it before, but this pattern is great. Very well laid out and explained in plenty of detail. Here is what my Samus looks like now, and I have started on the first sleeve. The yarn in the recommend one in Clematis.

Moving Along

I have finished the lower body and have started the right shoulder. Excuse the yellow stitch, it's there so I can measure it easier.

I think I've decided that I'm going to work on both sleeves at once. My plan is to use 2 balls of yarn, 1 for each sleeve and knit them on the same cicular needles. That is possible, right? This is my first sweater so please ignore me if I sound stupid.

Some progress

Hello All!

Here's my progress so far - 2 repeats of the body band. I'm painfully slow at cables but I'm learning. I ended up getting gage on size 8 Denise Interchangeable's and using Lamb's Pride in Medieval red.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A little progress

I have finished 3.5 repeats of the waistband. I am making the large, so will need a total of 9 repeats. I made the Saxon Braid Scarf a few months ago so the pattern is very familiar.

I am using Lamb's Pride Worsted in tiger lily. It is no where near as bright as the picture. In real life, it is more like a terracotta color.

Sunday, October 16, 2005


(okay, *almost*...)

All I have left to do is the zipper installation and some final blocking/shaping.



Hi Everyone,
I posted a really long intro over on the yahoo group so I will keep this one short and sweet. :-)
After much justification on my part. i picked up the yarn for Samus yesterday and I think I will swatch and start the cable today. I am using LP's Tiger Lily. It is a softer orange than the original pattern.

I will post pics when I have actually made some progress.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Samus Update

Picture038Still chugging along on the body. I've finished the waist shaping I decided to add, and am just working till I get to 16" of sweater. I have a feeling that I am going to run out of yarn - I am hoping that I will have enough to finish the body (4 and a half skeins remain - about 427 yards - for reference, I've used 13 and a half skeins so far), and I've already done the sleeves, but I don't think I'll have enough for the i-cord trim. I know that the designer suggested in the pattern using different colors for the cables, sweater body, and trim - so if I run out (quite likely), I think I'll get a complimentary color to use for the trim. Any suggestions? I'm using Wedgewood, for reference. Also, how many balls do you think I should get for the i-cording? Do you think it is likely that I'll run out (I'm so bad at 'eyeing' stuff)? Should I pick up an extra skein of the MC, too?

Here's a slightly 'artsy' (read: dark) picture of my progress as of last night. I took it in the car on the way back home, where I knit and slept in the backseat.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

yarn colors

Ok so the lamb's pride color that I bought is this:

Which I like but think is a little too pinky/purpley for my mom.

and the color that I want to switch to (hopefully I'll go tonight) is this:

which I think would be a little more versatile - what do you think?
I'm hoping to get the dreaded swatch done tonight and be set to cable while "watching" football this weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Hi All!

This will be my very first sweater and my very first knit along. I plan on making this sweater for my mom for Christmas so I'm going to have to be very hush-hush on my blog - I'll have to just post everything about it to here! I bought lamb's pride last night but when I started swatching the color I completely second guessed myself. I think it's too pinky/purple. So I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow to return it and get a more red color. I can't wait to get started, though and I love seeing all of your progress. I'll post pics once I actually have something knit!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


Just a quick note to show my progress. Finished one side of the front and working on about 7 inches of plain stockinette on the top of the back. So far this has been a really good experience. I have one problem that I haven't taken a picture of yet because I am hoping that it will just disappear someday all by itself. (I'm not holding my breath for that luckily.) In the middle of the back there is a dropped stitch that just flat-out refused to be picked up. I noticed it about an inch and a half later. Tried picking it up about 4 times with no success. At this point if it doesn't take pity on me and disappear I am either going to ignore it, or try using a duplicate stitch to cover it. Is that a totally stupid idea? Any other suggestions out there that don't involve ripping back to that spot? 'Cause my heart just wouldn't be able to take it.

Monday, October 10, 2005

How's everyone's Samus?

Slow blog lately! I'm still truckin' along on my sleeves, I decided to knit both at once so I won't have to go back and work the same exact thing over again. Do they call that "second sleeve syndrome?" Anyway, for some reason, the sleeves seem to be taking even longer than the body did. *sigh* Ah well, I'm almost to the underarm area, just about a dozen rows of stockinette to go with no increases/decreases, then I'll shape the top of the sleeve area and be done with the bulk of the work. I can't WAIT to get this put together!

Monday, October 03, 2005

So many of you are much further along than I am. But I'm getting there. Here's a picture of my saxon braid half way done. I hope to finish it before the weekend.

Sleeves X2

There is a positive side to my computer being down. I spent my time knitting and my sleeves are now done. Now on to the Saxon Braid again. That will take most of this week as I have a busy week.
I am enjoying watching everyone's progress.

Pictures Finally!!!

I finally got around to taking pictures of my Samus. So far I have about 8 inches done. The stockinette part is definitely not very exciting, but sometimes it is nice to not have to think about anything while knitting. I'm definitely not as close to done as some lucky people, but I am ecstatic that it is going so well anyway. The color in the picture is actually pretty close to real life, but maybe just a little lighter than it shows.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Major Milestone

Well, the body is DONE! And, best of all, it fits exactly as I'd hoped!

I'm itching to get started on the sleeves, but I really should get something else accomplished around here, as I've been using every spare moment to knit. I think I might force myself to walk away for tonight, and start the sleeve Saxon braids tomorrow.