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May 15, 2014

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Kate

Hitofude!

Leslie Fehr

I have one in the works from Knitting Pure & Simple. Top Down Lightweight Cardigan. I like this one because I can make either short(elbow) length sleeves or a cap sleeves. Since it's worked from the top down, that's another bonus since you can try it on to make sure the sleeve length fits you.

Jeanne

Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!!

wendylynn

How about CROCHET patterns in sock weight yarn, please and thank you!!

Leslie Fehr

Wendylynn- have you tried Ravelry.com? They have a great search engine and you can specify crochet and then pick a yarn weight and you can pick what type of patterns - I just did it and saw that there were 572 cardigan patterns - from infant to adult available! If you've not visited Ravely, you need to - it's free to join and a great resource for patterns, instructions and even reviews of the different yarns.

Judith Whitelock

Anne Hanson has some beautiful ones on her Knitspot website or thru Rav.

Captain Hook

I don't do anything with a pattern except snowflakes and Irish motifs, and I crochet. I have made wonderful vests and sweaters using both four-ply and six-ply sock yarns and my own variations on the classic "modular crochet" method from the 1980s.

My current WIP fave is in Regia Nautica, the greyish aqua color, six-ply worked in half double crochet and a size 1 (2.75 mm) steel lace hook. The yarn is a bit splitty with that size hook, so has required a little more careful handling, but the resulting fabric has a wonderful body and has lovely vertical ribbing. You could use any DK weight for similar effect.

Because I intend it as a top city layer for our cool PNW evenings next to the water, I constructed it with a square neckline and armholes. The neckline, like the external edge, is edged with four rows of continuous (right side) single crochet in Regia Tweed Trends six-ply in aqua. The collar is a large square sailor-type in the aqua and the armholes will be rounded off with double decreases at each corner (where the square side panel mates with front and back) and made relatively short (halfway down upper arm at most). Front closure is left over right (I'm left-handed and prefer that) and I'm dithering over which of five or six different button sets to use.

I picked up a ton of Plymouth's Sockin Sox on closeout in autumnal colors--this is a four-ply that is I think half bamboo and half wool. Planning a snug-fitting modular sweater with high collar and long sleeves to wear for autumn archery. It gets pretty muddy out on field around here, and I've found that yarn very serviceable from a machine washing perspective, maybe a bit cool after October though.

Part of me would like to work it in the round with raglan sleeves, but those tend to shift and sag more than I like. Archery gear needs to retain its shape.

Finally, I have plans for a pullover vest in plain moss- or field-green Regia six ply. I'm thinking Tunisian knit stitch should look awesome and fit my curves spectacularly, run vertically with the modular method. But I may change my mind. I made up fingerless archery gloves in front-loop knit stitch (crochet) and they are the coziest, though lightest, ones I wear. Perfect for our raw weather and nicely stretchy. But it takes some thinking to get the row length correct as it closes up considerably as you work. Don't want it to look too stretchy.

Just a few thoughts for you hookers out there since someone asked about crochet. Sock yarn is great for making dense crocheted fabric, as well as pretty lacey effects. It adapts very well to modular crochet!

Denise Walsh Horowitz

Hi Allison and staff - thanks so much for making even more sweater
Patterns available. This is going to be the summer of knitting! Thanks! Denise

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