Cables + Decorative Darning = I Love It + I don’t Want to do It Again

It’s been a while since I had a new piece of knitting to present, but I have one now.

The knitting was straightforward, and I finished that a few weeks ago. The seaming was easy. It was the decorative darning that slowed me down. It wasn’t difficult at all but it was dull, and I had to focus and not look up in a way that I don’t with knitting to keep it correct and reasonably neat.

It was worth it – and I love the finished effect – but never again!

I should recap.

I had three balls of Rowan Felted Tweed Aran in a lovely shade of green left over when I finished my Heike. I knew what I wanted to do straight away. I wanted to order some more yarn and knit a lovely pattern that I’d seen on the cover of The Knitter.

(It was written for a different yarn, but when I looked it up on Ravelry I was pretty sure that the substitution should be fine. And it was.)

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Gladioli by Emma Vining

“This sweater was inspired by the beautiful Gladioli that I watched slowly emerge from tiny buds to gorgeous flowers. The sweater has a centre panel of three gladioli ‘stalks’ with different coloured buds. The buds are made using cables and the colour is added after knitting and blocking using a weave darning technique. The base of each bud is then closed by wrapping the cable stitches to pull them together. “

I love the designer’s ethos – and I have several more of her patterns in mind for the future.

This pattern was very cleverly thought out and designed. All I did was follow the pattern exactly as it was written, and my only problem was that I didn’t spot from the start that there were errors in the chart in the magazine and that I needed to check the errata. After that it was plain sailing, and I saw the lovely logic of the pattern.

I used some pink Rowan All Seasons Cotton that was left over from a cardigan I knitted years and years ago for the buds. It took more yarn than I thought it would, and so did the wrapping at the base of the buds.

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I used some pink Rowan All Seasons Cotton that was left over from a cardigan I knitted years and years ago for the buds. It took more yarn than I thought it would, and so did the wrapping at the base of the buds.

The wrapping pulled in the fabric in those places, so the sweater looks a little odd when it’s laid out, but it works when it’s worn. Mine is quite fitted, and I think it needed to be to smooth out the fabric.

I know I could block it, but I like it being a little 3-d, and I’m worried I’d block the life out of it. I think I’ll see what happens the first time I have to wash it ….

As things stand I’m happy. I like it, the fit is exactly what I hoped it would be, and yesterday it passed the ‘mother’s knitting home test’.

Now I just need the temperature to dip just a little more!

11 thoughts on “Cables + Decorative Darning = I Love It + I don’t Want to do It Again

  1. Oh…this is lovely! You are so talented, Jane. I look forward to getting out my yarns again…right now I’m in the throes of another kitchen remodel…not to mention unseasonably warm weather that doesn’t suggest woolly comfort…but soon enough there will be a cosy fire, some down time, and some yummy new skeins of yarn to play with. :o) Thanks for the inspiration!

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