My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Fair Isle Cardi: Horror and Joy

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m knitting a fair isle cardi. The Oregon Cardigan, to be exact. There’s good bits and bad bits.

The good bits.

It’s knitted in the round, therefore you do a steek for the front opening. This design has a v-neck, so you do your v-neck shaping on each side of the front steek. When the body is done, you’ve got this bizarre looking misshapen tube. But you know what happens when you cut it open? Presto-chango, the v-neck falls into place. Call me sheltered, but I get a kick outta that.

The other cool thing about a fair isle cardi in the round is that you start and end colors in the middle of the front steek. No, I repeat no, weaving in of ends. Do you have any idea how much I like this concept? Wanna see what the inside of the front steek looks like right now? Sure you do.

oregon feb6b Fair Isle Cardi: Horror and Joy

And here’s the front steek from the outside.

oregon feb6a Fair Isle Cardi: Horror and Joy

Now for the bad news.

After you cut open the front steek and witness the Miracle of the V-Neck, reality sets in. You now have to pick up about 17 ba-zillion stitches to knit the front bands and neck. But wait, there’s more. You then have to knit (insert ominous music here) corrugated ribbing.

Ga-a-ack!

Anyhow, here’s a photo of my progress thus far:

oregon feb6 Fair Isle Cardi: Horror and Joy

Snow Day

It’s snowing like crazy and I didn’t sleep well, so it’s back to bed I go. Nighty-night, I’ll talk to you later.

Have a good weekend!

izzy feb6 Fair Isle Cardi: Horror and Joy

Comments

  1. oregon is awesome! have a good nap:-)

  2. It’s boooteeefuuulll!

  3. Did you have the ends gathered at the steek for Rosendal? I am hoping to swatch for it this weekend. Oregon is looking great. Have a good weekend.

  4. But, I can’t count up to 17 ba-zillion! Have a great snow-day,Wendy! I fish-tailed my truck up the hill to work. Spring’s coming (eventually) and people want their allergy injections! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’m always sad when Friday comes since you don’t post through the week-end! Sniff. Sniff. (Totally selfish I know, but hey?!?)

    Have a great snow day. I’m envisioning you doin’ an imitation of Izzy’s Wednesday photo ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Okay guys, I’m awake. I was doing an Izzy imitation earler!

    Melissa, I did do the Rosendal the same way — ends in the middle of the front steeks. Ah, the beautiful of front steeks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gotta go shower . . .

  7. A 2 hour delay was the *almost* perfect way to start a friday… being able to curl up in bed with knitting and a kitty all day would have been better, but what can you do! Enjoy the snow…

  8. snow + new york city + transit system = two hours subway commute …

    boy it was hard to come to work today – sitting knitting and looking at the snow sure would be grand – ah well.

    good luck everyone getting home tonight.

  9. Yes, I’m very fond of my center steek on Mary Tudor. All those ends, but no weaving in! Whee!

  10. that sweater is beautiful and your cat totally rocks.

    he looks like my napoleon

  11. What an amazing sweater! I’m so jealous. I must start knitting fair isle, it’s not that I don’t know how I’m just too impatient at times to have knitting that I have to think about.

  12. Wendy, Oregon is beautiful! And thank you for the info on steeks – it’s so helpful.
    -Peg

  13. yolanda says:

    LOVE your website…!!! put “steeks” in a search engine and there you were…first heard of steeks while reading a Knitter’s magazine and love the idea of round and round knitting… and the whole “no weaving in ends concept”… I’d just become hooked on slip stitch multi-color patterns with gazillion colors and do I have loose ends!!!! now that I’ve done a dozen cloches… still can’t get the sl st concept straight in my head and am finding myself improvising successfully…hate rigid rules:-)…. so each hat is an original cause couldn’t make a copy if I tried…:-) But now want to make myself a vest and hated the straight needle method so will try steeks according to Wendy…thanks again….

    yolanda…from Oregon….:-)