Sweater Workshop Sample

And what do you suppose these are? Are they windsocks, lobster buoys, urn cozies or sleeping bags for Care Bears? Nope. These colorful knitted items are sweater samplers and this week I started one myself. Supposedly, by the time mine is completed I will have mastered all the sweater techniques needed to make something I’ve been drooling over for a while……….the lovely Dale of Norway sweater called ISFJORDEN. Ohhhhh, how I love the colors in this sweater!

I have completed five lessons on my sampler and have already learned a few things I didn’t know. I learned how to do a Cable Cast On which resembles a smooth cable or rope of yarn. It is reversible and, more importantly strong and elastic. The book says that the spacing of the stiches will force looseness on your first round. It looks very nice, don’t you agree?

The next thing I learned was that it is VERY IMPORTANT to take one last check to be sure the stitches are all straight on the circular needle before joining in a circle. Beyond this point, it’s the start-all-over-again department. I didn’t do this and, yep, my stitches were twisted. I didn’t realize it until the fourth round and wasn’t about to rip it out. But, if it had been my lovely Dale sweater I would of had to!

Making connections? Coming to the end of a ball of yarn is final and you definitely can’t make a sweater with one ball of yarn! I learned how to make an undetectable connection. It is right there in the stockinette stitch…can you see it?

I think this sweater sampler is going to teach me all sorts of things. I don’t think I even mentioned the book, it’s called The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee. I’m using Patons Classic Merino.

11 Comments on “Sweater Workshop Sample

  1. Hi. I’m Lynda in Oklahoma. I’m from the St. Brigid group. I’m glad you linked to your blog. You wondered what we were substituting in the St. Brigid sweater. I’m using Cascade 220 and Vicki (of Knitorious) also used this yarn. If you haven’t already checked her blog archives, you should. Her finished sweater is gorgeous! Also, if you go to the group website, I think you could search for yarns and see what everyone else is using.

  2. I love that book. It really empowered me. Between it and Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns I realized I could take a random pattern that I liked and figure out the math and make it the size I wanted, change the collar, and/or convert it from flat to round (in most cases) among other things without being completely lost.

    P.S. You’re going to knit St. Brigid? That’s on my “to do” list but I’m not sure I’ll ever actually do it because it’s so… so… cable-y it would take me 10 years. I love it, though.

  3. Okay Rebecca,
    How did you KNOW? You are seriously torturing me!! The St Brigid has LONG been on my Must Knit list…I’ve spent quite a bit of time on Virtual Yarns pondering colors etc. This is one KAL I’m obviously going to have to join. Will you send me the details? What yarn are you using et al?

    Also…LOVE the button. Thanks so much. I’m gonna “steal” it…
    PS…what’s going on w/ your Spring Forward?

  4. I admire your ambition in making the sampler and heading toward that gorgeous sweater. I had the Sweater Workshop, but sold it because I am just not ready for that yet. Good for you!

  5. They look like colorful fishies hanging there in the sun. I had not heard of this book, thanks for the heads up on it. I will have to look for it. My son wants me to finish his sweater.

  6. Hi Rebecca,
    The Marina is in my Feb archives down toward the bottom. The Na Craga and Erin were done long before digital photography…maybe I’ll photograph the Erin and put it in my photo albums…the Na Craga lives with Mom and Dad. Erin took me 2 years!! Mostly b/c it was asymmetrical fairisle–impossible to memorize. I don’t recall what it was made in–probably the yarn called for when A.S yarns were sold at LYS’s. I’ll also photograph John’s sweater finished last year and put in in my 2005 album…

    Re: the blog…Are you using internet explorer? It is notorious for not handling web page code as well as some other browsers. I use Firefox–it is more secure and handles code much better! (free, too) I used to check the display on both, but I’ve found I’m too lazy to tweak my code to display in IE. Try Firefox if you’ve time. You might like it!

    Also–Virtual Yarns. Never ordered. One reason I want to is to get the updated pattern, which is resized for smaller folk. Again–too lazy to tweak the original in Aran Knitting…too many other projects to consider. My Spring Forward is still in skein form g Cotton Fleece in Malibu Blue. I’m excited to do St Brigid, though. Will be fun!

  7. You are inspiring me! I have that book also but I read it and put it on the shelf without doing the sampler. Now after seeing your work and reading about what you learned, I think I will be getting it out.
    Your one-skein SP

  8. looks like a fun idea. could you explain why making those things helps?

  9. Nope, can’t see it! Just wait till you do Marina. You’ll need to change yarn color 43+ rows, out of 68. Knowing how to join yarn will be very useful.

  10. I love everything Dale – and that sweater is one of the more wearable ones. Lovely.

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