Friday, April 27, 2007

Saddle-Shoulder Aran

Well, I did all the calculations for the Meg's Amazing Saddle-Shoulder Aran, and cast on (294 stitches) did the set-up round and 13 rounds in the pattern. Here's what I discovered:

(Photo shows Sheepfold Cable over 16 stitches)

      1. Sheepfold Cable Pattern - This is not only beautiful, but satisfying to knit. You travel on every row, so it's fun to knit in the round. I made mine 16 stitches wide. Once you establish the pattern, you can just knit it without a chart or notes.

      2. Crossing every 4 rows - I have very squat stitches, so twisting even a 2-over-2 cable every 4 rows was tight and scrunchy. I decided to cross every 6 rows instead.

      3. 3822 stitches is an awful lot of stitches for a gauge swatch! My gauge didn't change, and my calculations were correct. What I needed to fix was the layout I'd chosen for my cables. I had a Fishbone very close to a simple 2-over-2 cable, and I needed more "filler" between them. So, I tweaked the layout and have now knitted 14 rows with the new format and am more satisfied.

      Here are the first few inches!


      32 Comments:

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