Monday, June 3, 2013

Apple Green Sweater

Long time no posts here, but that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing or knitting!  I completed this sweater about a month ago. It took me forever to knit this, and I know where the mistakes are. But I figured that no one but me would know they were there, and I found this pattern so much work that there was no way I could bring myself to undo a few inches to correct the mistake once I spotted it.

One thing wrong with this pattern, there are no instructions for buttonholes and the designer says to simply slip the buttons through the spaces in the right front.  But the spaces are not big enough. So these buttons are purely decorative. I might sew some snaps behind them if I wish to close the sweater.

This pattern is really good. I love the look of the cables with the seed stitch inside the cables. Seed stitch everywhere, even in the ribbing. And for once, my tension must have been spot on, because this fits perfectly. I often don't have that kind of success with my knitting. In fact, the next sweater cast on is definitely too small and I think it might be a present for my daughter who would love to have an Aran cardigan.

The pattern is Plaits and Links by Kathy Zimmerman and you can read about it at this link on Ravelry. I knit it with my favourite yarn, Cascade 220, a 100% pure wool. 

Plaits and Links

As for sewing, I have made capris, a blouse, a jacket, and am currently working on a cotton shirtdress. However, I find as so many others do, that if you blog, that is less time for sewing.  And I would rather be sewing.  TTFN. 


  1. Hi Julie. Beautiful sweater!Sends me back to when my kids were babies!

  2. Thanks Diana, but it is my sweater. I don't knit for the grandkids because handknits would be ruined in the laundry process. Their moms don't have time to hand wash anything.

  3. That is very beautiful. I love the green.

  4. Dear Linda, where did you take swimwear (sewing/pattern making?) classes? I saw you said it somewhere in your blogs. Thank you!

    1. I think you have me confused with someone else. I am not Linda, and I haven't taken either swimwear or pattern making classes. But I am sure someone out there has.

  5. That's a great looking cardigan, the cable stitch is lovely. It does look like a lot of work! so well done :) Strange that they didn't provide instructions for buttonholes though. Generally you do them by K2tog, bring wool forward.... then when you're coming back you K twice in the one stitch to make it up again, leaves a nice little hole in the work for your buttonhole.

  6. Julie, I see what you mean about the colour - but gorgeous pattern!