Four years ago I knit a sweater out of denim yarn. You can read about it in nauseating detail starting with this post. If you just want to see the finished product, skip to this post. (Looking at that post, I marvel at how short my hair was. It now reaches the middle of my back. I am striving for the “aging hippie” look.)
Here is that denim sweater today.
I still love it. It has gotten softer and more comfy with each washing. But the fact that it is plain stockinette means that it really isn’t taking advantage of the aging properties of the denim yarn: you need some texture in your knitting to be able to really take advantage of that weathered look. (That sweater, by the way, was knit with Elann’s denim yarn.)
So I decided to knit a cabled denim sweater. Therein lies the path to madness.
I swatched, I washed, I measured. I started out with some fairly complex fancy-schmancy cables, but in the end sanity prevailed and I decided to K.I.S.S. So the final design has only two cable motifs — a braided cable (love braided cables!) and a diamond-shaped thingie I winkled together. The filler stitch on each side is seed stitch, another love of mine.
Here’s what it looks like with almost one pattern repeat done:
(If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you’ll get a better look at the details.)
I gotta say, knitting cables in denim yarn is nothing short of hateful. The yarn has the consistency of string and knitting cables with string is well . . . hateful. The cables look a bit loose and sloppy at the edges.
But I know once it is washed and shrunk, I will love it.
Switching to simpler cables instead of going with my original plan was the best idea I’ve had in a long time. This pattern is so simple that I memorized it less than halfway through the first repeat. I left stitch markers in between the motifs because the yarn is fairly dark in color (slightly darker than the photo would have you believe) and the markers help me remember where I am in the pattern without having to look at it too closely. This is very useful for evening knitting.
The plan is a slightly oversized sweater with a round neck and twisted rib neckband and dropped shoulders so there is minimal sleeve shaping. Think comfy sweatshirt.
It’s a slow knit, though. I am happy to report that I am taking the entire week off from work next week, so there will be extra knitting time. I do have a lot of stuff planned for that week, but we’ll see how I do.
Film at 11.
Here’s a photo for everyone who thinks Lucy never moves: