#fringeandfriendsknitalong

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NaCraga-3I’m a fan of Karen Templer’s Fringe Association blog and shop–she curates and sells a beautiful selection of knitting related items and accessories with a modern, maker focused bent–and am joining her Fringe and Friends Amanda (& other fisherman sweaters and accessories…) KAL.

I’m not knitting the Amanda sweater. Instead, I selected a pattern from deep in my knitting queue that I’ve wanted for a bunch of years: Na Craga, from Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting. Na Craga has honeycomb cable panels in common with Amanda, and a slightly different version of a braided cable.

A big, neutral cabled cardigan will fill a wardrobe gap for me. I’m looking forward to wearing it over skinnies or leggings. Or more realistically, if this Maine winter is as bad as the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting, over flannel pajamas in front of the fireplace!

My yarn is Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted MCN in Luster–a dirtied ecru. I’m not normally a natural/tan/beige person. But, dirtied up and in a cable pattern… A few years ago I did a round of the Madelinetosh Sweater Club and ordered myself a bunch of interesting neutrals in XL sized batches for some everyday sweaters. I’m just now getting around to knitting with them (hi Oshima, I won’t forget about you–you deserve your own post soon).

I waffled over the yarn. It’s less rustic than I’d normally choose for a cabled heirloom-y sweater like this–a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend. I was thinking about spinning up some grey Shetland or something. But I love the swatches in pattern. So squishy. I’ve given them a good beating–carrying them around loose in my bag for 5 or so days, and they held up nicely, so I’m pressing on.

I’m making a bunch of mods, and have some ‘maybe’ ideas in the back of my mind, as well. I’m:

  • cardiganizing by removing the center front cable (the middle 12 stitches of chart D–);
  • knitting in the round, in one piece, with a front steek, for speedier knitting, and knitting the sleeves in the round;
  • trying out Elizabeth Zimmerman-style saddle shoulder shaping;
  • knitting garter bands and rather than ribbed ones and the little roll collar;
  • working a covered steek in a contrast color;</>
  • maybe big horn frog and toggle closures rather than buttons and buttonholes;
  • maybe adding slight v-neck; and
  • maybe adding a short row shawl collar.

I’ll update progress here, on Ravelry, and Instagram. I’d like to finish up this beast by the end of October.

How about you? Any cabled projects on the needles?

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  1. Right now I’m designing a sock with twisted stitches in it, if that counts as cables. 🙂

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  2. Mmm, that looks so comfy, it might convince me to switch from my Beatnik sweater for the knitalong.

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