Enter to Win This Beautiful Sweater Kit :-)
ISN’T THIS A BEAUTIFUL SWEATER?
Rowan is giving away two of these sweater kits in the lovely teal blue shade that’s shown in photo.
Looks like an ideal beginner project too. 🙂
Contest closes on October 8th, so enter soon! Open to US AND Canadian residents.
Easy to enter and to share this contest too (if you want to share!) 😉 at Google Plus etc…
Good Luck and Happy Knitting!
PS: I’m back to working on my Walk in the Park Cardie this weekend.
What are you making right now?
Walk in the Park Cardie (Knitting) Conundrum :-(
Some of you may remember this cardie pattern that I blogged about several weeks ago:
I liked the pattern SO much and decided to make it in two different yarns.
The first cardie I started is in the yarn actually shown in this photo above, but in these colors:
Hawaiian Sky for the main color (actually a vivid teal blue, not dark as shown in this photo)
Bubble Gum pink for the contrast
I wanted it to be reminiscent of a sunset sky! 😉
So far, I have knit both sleeves. But even that was not without its problems.
I contacted the customer service dept. at Yarnspirations when I noted that there were errors in the pattern. Even though I am definitely NOT an expert knitter, I could tell that there were errors as soon as I started knitting. VERY frustrating and a lot of wasted time for me. How I hate to “frog” (knit-speak for pull out) stitches, but that’s what I ended up having to do. 😦
After I got word back from Yarnspirations with the assurance that all errors for all sizes had been rectified, I went ahead and knit both sleeves. They worked out fine and the chart for the sleeves was fine too, for the Size M, which is the one I’m making.
Here’s where the conundrum comes in…
I am now working on the body of the sweater, which is knit in one long row across, on circular needles. A lot of stitches, over 200, but no side seams required, when it’s made this way.
I got the ribbing and the plain stockinette area at the bottom of the sweater knit without any problems.
But when I started on the chart, things started to go downhill from there. 😦
I got to Row 3 for Size M, and the pattern didn’t seem to line up as it should. The stitches don’t line up to form the same shape as the sleeve chart design (hopefully that makes sense!)
I contacted the company AGAIN and apparently they looked into it again and found no further errors. But given how many errors there were initially in this pattern, I’m not so sure. 😉
Now, I don’t know what to do. as I said above, I’m NO expert when it comes to knitting. I can follow a pattern just fine but I expect that pattern to be correct and not one I have to figure out along the way, when errors come along. Aren’t these patterns made (IN ALL SIZES) before they are posted, on major sites like Yarnspirations?
Based on this and other experiences with other major pattern websites, that is sadly not always true.
If there are any knitters out there reading this who like a challenge and have a bit of time, I’d REALLY appreciate your opinion if this body pattern chart is actually correct in the Size M?
You can download the (updated/corrected??) pattern here.
I don’t want to start this pattern again without being sure that it is correct, this time. Frogging small stitches like this, on a circular needle and over 200 stitches is NOT MY IDEA OF FUN KNITTING!!!
I hope your own knitting and craft projects are proceeding faster and more smoothly than this one has been for me.
I still ♥ to knit but I could do without errors in patterns!!!
Happy Day and Knitting
A Big THANK YOU in Advance to Any Knitters Who Have the Time/Inclination to Check Out this Chart and Give Their Opinion If/Of What’s Wrong.
You can leave a comment below or email me (see contact page).
Walk In the Park Cardie
Isn’t this a cute summer cardie? 🙂
I happened to find this pattern while doing an online search this week for “fingering weight cardies” and finally clicked my way to the Yarnspirations.com website, where I found this lovely knitting pattern.
Although the yarn recommended and shown in photo (Caron Super Soft Light) is a bit heavier than the fingering weight stash yarn I currently have on hand, I think I’ll be able to make it work with a bit of needle/gauge tweaking. 😉
I love everything about it actually.
NOT too difficult but with just a bit of a challenge in the pattern section. And speaking of that, if you’ve been wanting to give charts a try, this would be an excellent pattern to start with. Easy but it still gives you some experience with following a knitting chart and also for using two yarns at the same time, when the colors overlap at the wavy parts. 😉
I also checked out the Caron Simply Soft Light and it looks like a very nice yarn. Great colors too, including some “ice cream shades” that would be perfect for summer and reasonably priced too.
And while you’re over at the Yarnspirations site, you’ll find a lot more great knitting and crochet patterns, for the whole family, many that are FREE and lots of luscious yarns to make them in too.
I’m really glad that I found out about the Yarnspirations site and this particular pattern. Now it’s time to get working on my swatch/gauge. I can’t wait to get started on this cardie! 😉
If you’re making something right now, do share!!!
****UPDATE MAY 22nd******
I started this cardie (with the sleeves). Unfortunately, there are errors I’ve found in the pattern chart for size medium, I have contacted the pattern website about this and they have sent the pattern back to the designers to correct errors.
I’ll update this post after that’s been done AND I’ve had a chance to test drive this pattern again.