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January 07, 2008

Sensual Knits

I feel like every time I post nowadays it’s to apologize that I haven’t posted in months and months nor have I stopped by anyone’s blog to say hi. Well, this time I have a really good excuse, which involves various personal wars with Comcast, some biological happenings, and good ol’ family holiday time. There are SO many things I want to post about (and I will shortly – I promise this time, cross my heart), but I wanted to just pop up real quick and say how excited I am that the book is out!

(I guess it’s been out since late November, but I’m somewhat behind the ball here). This is my design:

This definitely was a LOT of hard work and an eye opening experience. My yarn arrived really late in the process and I was just knitting my fingers to the bone for like a week straight to get this finished by the deadline. That is a feat in and of itself but then all those cables! Man oh man, was I beat. But I’m so happy with the result and I’m going to make another one for myself one of these days (the sample size was for tiny little models, I am not so much that small these days). And if you can at all get away with it, try out some of the Pear Tree Merino that is available through Yahaira’s yarn store at Pure Knits. It is one of the most divine yarns that I have worked with (besides a pure cashmere) and the color variations come out exquisitely in the finished product.

So all in all, I am thrilled to be published and thrilled to have a design that I adore out there with my name on it. And I can’t wait to knit some of the other patterns in the book! The cover design is one of my favorites and that is going on my list, for sure.

I’ll be back soon with more information about what’s keeping me away from the blog so much and I hope to get by your blog soon. Miss you all!

08:31 Posted in 2007 Finished | Permalink | Comments (5)


welcome back! and congratulations on getting published! it's a beautiful cardigan! i wish there were more photos of it in the book, though. do you have any you can share with us?

Posted by: mai | January 07, 2008

Congratulations on having your pattern published! It's a beautiful pattern.

Posted by: Macoco | January 07, 2008

Hi! I just love your Seeded Cables Cardigan : ) Congratulations on getting published.

I started on it tonight, and I'm having a little problem that I don't see reference to on the errata page. I asked about this on the Sensual Knits flickr group just now, but then I realized it would be a better idea to go to the source!

So here's my issue:

I decided to start with a sleeve, as my row gauge (in my washed & blocked stockinette swatch) was a little off and I wanted to see how things worked out size-wise before starting on the bigger pieces.

It looks like the set up row ("Next Row (WS)") is written only for the smallest size, i.e. it describes what to do with 56 stitches: P2, k2, p2, k2 (8) + seeded cable patt set-up row (40) + k2, p2, k2, p2 (8) = 56. This doesn't work for the other sizes. I'm trying to make the second smallest size, and the number of CO stitches is 59. What do you do with the odd number of additional stitches?

Thanks so much for your help!

Posted by: Octopus Knits | January 10, 2008

Hi again, Sarah. I mentioned that I posted my question to the Sensual Knits flickr group, and here's Yahaira's response:

Hi there, it does seem like directions are missing for the other sizes. Im trying to look through my notes

For the second size (S):
You can add a k2 on each end. this would change your stitch count to 60 (so you would have to CO 60). all the numbers then would be off by 1 in the end but the sleeve would still work.

So the first row would read: K2 P2 K2 P2 K2 +40 + K2 P2 K2 P2 K2

I still need to look through the math for the other sizes, but this should help you out at least.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Posted by: Octopus Knits | January 11, 2008

I have to say that I LOVE this pattern :) I've discovered recently that I'm a process knitter rather than a product knitter and I'm really hoping that this is a keeper.

I had a question about the pattern as well. I've looked at the errata but couldn't find anything relevant to my question.

After you work the seeded cable pattern twice and start on it the third time it says to work row 7(9, 9, 11, 11, 13) and follow 8th row 2 times.

The next step is: work chart row 3(5, 5, 7, 7, 9).

So, my question is two-fold. Do you really work row 8 two times? and then do you work row 3(5, 5, 7, 7, 9) again even though you just worked them? It didn't seem to make sense to me.

HELP! and thank you :)

Posted by: Lynne | January 13, 2008