Sunday, September 23, 2007

front and back cable sweater

Finished the Front and Back Cable Sweater...and still haven't come up with a better name for it. I'm really happy with the way this came out, despite the headaches at the beginning. The pattern was from Gedifra Highlights 033, but I scrapped the pattern long ago, since it was seriously weird, and decided to use the cable chart only, knitting top-down. I tried it on approximately eleventy-billion times, but it was worth it. It grew after blocking, so it's perhaps a little long, but that's better than being even a smidge too short, in my book. I wound up using 9 balls of Rowan Cashsoft DK on size 4 needles. Since I knit this top-down, instead of bottom-up, I just had to read the cable chart top to bottom, left to right and it did what it was supposed to do. And I think I have a major crush on this cable, even if it does look like a spine. :)

I've already started another sweater, and there's a "newspaper" article and new Small Bird projects to share, but that's another post for another day. Right now I think I'll kick back and savor this FO.

78 Comments:

Blogger yaiAnn said...

That's BEAUTIFUL! Love those long cable strands. Where did you get this pattern?

8:19 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

This is totally amazing. I love it so, so much -- and I'll echo Ange in asking, where's the pattern???

8:22 PM  
Blogger barbp said...

Wow - this is stunning! And how you added the ribbing as an afterthought was terrific. I would love to find that cable pattern.

8:23 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

The pattern is from Gedifra Highlights 033. I edited the post.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Allegra said...

Wow, those are AMAZING cables, bravo!!

8:53 PM  
Blogger Kristyn said...

Very beautiful work. I agree with about something being to long is way better than being to short.

8:58 PM  
Blogger elizabeth marley said...

Wowwwwww. Will you PLEASE post a pattern? Because I NEED this. NEEEEEEED.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous chrispy said...

this is an amazingly beautiful sweater. I would love to knit something with this cable on the front and back.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

That looks lovely! And I absolutely agree that too long is far better than too short.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous sulafaye said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That is a gorgeous sweater! And even better knowing that it was all you! I would run out of exclamation points very very quickly in my deep admiration for your new sweater! Congrats, and durn right enjoy it!

9:37 PM  
Blogger knitties said...

The cable design is really cool and your version looks absolutely stunning! This looks like the perfect fall sweater!

10:01 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Wow! It looks fantastic, and you look fabulous in it - perfect design, now you just need some fall weather to wear it in:)

11:19 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

WOW!!! :)

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Telmah said...

Just lovely.

11:43 PM  
Anonymous kathy in juneau said...

Beautiful! What a great job you did reverse engineering this pattern. That is one amazing cable!!

12:23 AM  
Blogger soknitpicky said...

That came out just gorgeous! I'm still trying to wrap my head around how to read the cable chart upside down and backwards, though. Are you following the same legend and just looking at the chart in reverse order? Or do you switch what you do--like hold the needle to the back if the directions tell you to hold it to the front?

1:14 AM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

Wow. Stunning! You did such a good job figuring out how to make this design your own.

P.S. I think I have a crush on your hair. :)

1:50 AM  
Blogger Maryann said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on finishing yet another very lovely sweater! What a great job!

3:53 AM  
Blogger jenna said...

When I read the cable chart top to bottom and left to right, I still did exactly whatever the written instructions said to do for the corresponding arrows. I didn't switch front cables with back cables or anything. It really wasn't too bad!

6:20 AM  
Blogger knitting harvest said...

Stunning! I love the detail and the color. Congrats on another lovely FO!

6:28 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

oh my... i love love love it!! the cable is really cool and the sweater looks really soft and comfy.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous lifexhistory said...

That's absolutely beautiful! I aspire to beautiful cables like that, but so far I'm only doing C6F!

8:00 AM  
Anonymous mel said...

I have a crush on that cable too!! Good for you for ditching the pattern and making it work for you - this is a truly awesome FO, definitely one to savor. Congrats!!!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Looks fantastic! What a nice shade of grey.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

It just gorgeous, Jenna. A wonderful design, and a perfect fit for you. Very very nice work!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

that came out amazing!!!!! it looks great with all your mods!

9:13 AM  
Blogger sassenach said...

Holy crap, I just fell in love with that sweater! It's *gorgeous!*

9:30 AM  
Blogger binet said...

very sexy! fabulous job, as usual. i think this is one of my faves of yours.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Team Knit ! said...

Oh my god- that is amazing!!! I want to make that, it's so stunning! I think this is my favourite of your knits. Love it!!!

10:12 AM  
Blogger jillian said...

Gorgeous! That cable is amazing, and the fit is perfect.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Bea said...

Wow, that sweater is incredible! When you knit it top down, how do you incorporate the sleeves? I've never knit a top down sweater, but I'm going to have to try after seeing this one, it's amazing!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What can I say that everyone else hasn't said? It is beautiful.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

Holey moley! That sweater is gorgeous!

10:25 AM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

that's some unique cablework and I think the length looks great. I can't believe those size 4 needles!

10:49 AM  
Blogger bradyphrenia said...

your sweater looks great! those cables really pop in that yarn.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Ann said...

that's amazing! I love how the cable gets all twisty around the waist. and I love that you "made it your own" (if I'm channeling american idol, which apparently I am today.)

12:24 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Yes, I too love that cable! I want to marry that cable! You must be feeling serious knitter pride!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Octopus Knits said...

I adore this! It's really lovely on you. The cable pattern is just amazing...

12:35 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

That is gorgeous! Really fantastic looking on you!

1:51 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

That cable is seriously beautiful - nice work!

1:58 PM  
Blogger  said...

OMG OMG!! It's gorgeous! Simply stunning! You should call it "Everybody's Jealous", because we are. :)

2:25 PM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

Absolutely stunning. But you already knew that, right? That cable looks just like melting taffy.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

It looks great! I'd say it was well worth all the effort.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Completely gorgeous! Well done! I am jealous.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Wow Jenna! You are so talented! This looks beautiful on you. Great job!

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cable makes me think of beautiful carved granite. It's wonderful.
Gillian

5:05 PM  
Blogger Purlygirly said...

Amazing. Beautiful job!

6:23 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

oh my gawd. amazing!

7:27 PM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

beautiful job!! i love it!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Maryse said...

Gorgeous and I don't think it's too long, it's perfect!

8:01 PM  
Blogger monkeybusiness said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL sweater. I would love to make one for myself as well...

9:18 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

That is just lovely, and it looks fabulous on you!

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Jeanie said...

WOW!!! It is beautiful. Congratulations-wear it with lots of pride:)

10:43 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

jenna, it is absolutely perfect....those are just about the loveliest cables i have ever seen!
top/down,bottom/up left/right, in/out all around....sounds so confusing! :)
and by the way, your hair looks fabulous too!

11:07 PM  
Blogger Debora said...

This is a beautiful sweater! It reminds me of something you may see on a sci-fi movie.

10:44 AM  
Blogger lomester said...

Absolutely marvelously beautiful!

And your hair looks great too

1:19 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

Linked here from sulafaye. This is stunning, and not quite like anything i've ever seen before. Nice work!!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous janey said...

great work! the cables look amazing. what about entwined spine sweater? or does the word "spine" make everyone shiver? (i'm not a native speaker) the cables also reminded me of something thats entwined by ivy or something.

4:21 PM  
Blogger erin michelle said...

SWEET FANCY MOSES, JENNA.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

That is absolutely stunning! Damn. I need to knit gooder.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Wow, I'm in love. That sweater is absolutely gorgeous!

9:04 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

it's so beautiful, jenna! it fits you so perfectly. the yarn looks really soft too. great job!

9:42 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

This might be the most beautiful sweater I have ever seen. Amazing, you are...

10:17 PM  
Blogger krazybarrister said...

lovely!

12:24 AM  
Blogger Green said...

Wow! That's absolutely gorgeous! You did an awesome job!

9:35 PM  
Blogger knit, crochet, stitch, stick said...

Thats incredible, I love it. Well outwith my range of meagre abilities.

looks gorgeous on too.

5:13 AM  
Blogger shopgirl said...

wow. wow. wow. wow. perfection. wow. this is what knittings all about.

1:27 PM  
Blogger knitfriendly said...

That sweater is absolutely STUNNING! Great job! I showed your post to my co-worker and all she said was WOW. And then she asked how she could get your beautiful hair. Do you use a flat iron and then curl with it as well? We are both curious. :)

3:25 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

Ha! :) My hair is kinda wavy anyway, so I just let it air dry overnight and then help it out with a little curling iron action in the morning.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous chelsea said...

I love this sweater. It's absolutely beautiful. Awesome work.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Phoe said...

What a great sweater. That cable (though very spiney) is great.

3:38 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Fabulous sweater! And amazing how you created the ribbing after you were past it. I just started knitting last year, and still have a hard time picking up one measly stitch. Beautiful!

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Alice said...

That is one amazing sweater. The cable is awesome, and I think the length looks perfect!

I am totally in awe...

11:25 AM  
Blogger katarinaw said...

Gorgeous!

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

What a lovely sweater and the fit looks perfect (I like the length).

1:11 PM  
Blogger Tipper said...

That cable is seriously awesome. Beautiful sweater!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Whitt said...

This is SO gorgeous, and looks amazing on you in the pale grey with your hair color. Gorgeous cable!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

Oh, wow!! It's just plain gorgeous.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Sira said...

so so lovely!!

6:31 PM  

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