Sunday, 2 June 2013

Knit one, cable one

In knit one, purl one I mentioned I’d pop up a photo of the first jumper that I’d knitted in a long while. Well, here it is....


I would image that when you haven’t hand knitted a jumper for a long time (in my case over 20 years), you would choose something simple to get you back into the swing of things. Not me!!!!

As you will have probably noticed in some of my makes I like a challenge. So when I spotted a jumper which was for ‘experienced knitters only’ I was immediately drawn to it.

My mam did suggest I start first with the yoke jumper in ‘Knit one, Purl one’, as most of it was stocking stitch and should ease me gently into knitting again. Sound advice but my mind was made up. It was the cable jumper or nothing.....

The design had four different cable patterns and I did get in a knot a couple of times at the beginning trying to remember the pattern sequence – D,D,C,B,C,A,C,B,C,D,D – but yarn markers made things so much easier.


Once I got into the swing of it, the cable patterns were pretty easy to do. However if I put it down for a while then came back to it, I did have to unravel a few rows as I’d forgotten the cable pattern.

I’m about to undertake another cable jumper (just as complex – there’s a surprise!!!) and it’ll have quite a bit of my undivided attention as I’m going to be out of action soon for several weeks so my work room will be out-of-bounds. More about that next Sunday.

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.

36 comments:

  1. I love cable knit (can't do it!!) and that looks great, such a nice colour too.

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  2. You've definitely risen to the challenge. It looks great

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  3. oh wow, great work! as very much a beginner knitter i can only dream of such complexities! :)

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    1. I'm sure you'll be able to do it one day xx

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  4. It looks fab. I can't imagine the complexities of that design and have even forgotten how to knit one purl one!

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  5. I love the look of cable knit and so envious because I just can't do it - always looks so complicated. Hope you have a good week.

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    1. I'm sure you'd be able to do it as it's not really as complicated as it looks xx

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  6. Why make something easy for yourself? The first jumper that I knitted was a cable one (one not more). I also have to say that acres of stocking stitch is so very boring. You need something to keep you going. ;)

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    1. I must admit I did get a bit bored knitting the stocking stitch on the blue jumper xx

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  7. I love your cable jumper, and also agree that acres of stocking stitch can be a bit boring. I really like the neutral colour. I knitted a cricket jumper for my husband once, which now languishes at the back of a cupboard.

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    1. Why not turn the cricket jumper into something else. A hot water bottle cover or a cushion. Shame to have it stuck in the back of the cupboard xx

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  8. A wonderful jumper! And a great first knit. You've set yourself a high standard to meet up too!

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  9. I love a cable knit sweater, they always look so cosy and warm, a sweater to cuddle up into.

    Jan x

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    1. It's like having your own blanket isn't it xx

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  10. A great achievement so well done! You'll get plenty of wear out of it too as it's so bloomin' cold!! I have just started to read your other blogs and am fascinated by your story. Your account of hospital night staff is just what my mum experienced too.xx

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    1. I see you've been reading the Joint Journals. It gets better as you read further in - and that's only half the story xx

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  11. You've done a very good job on your jumper. I am a big fan of cables as well.

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  12. Great work. I love the textures cabling adds.

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  13. WOW! I'm seriously impressed at your beautiful jumper full stop. Let alone not having done any knitting for that long! Very impressive :-) Simmi x

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  14. Nothing wrong with a bit of a challenge :-D

    Looks like you've lost none of your knitting skill over all those years.

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  15. Wow, what an impressive jumper. The cable patterns look lovely x

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  16. Very impressive, even more so as it's your first jumper for a long while! have a good week, Jo x

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  17. Love the cable knit too, although I could never make that in a million years!!

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  18. I'm sure you could once you got the hang of the cables xx

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