Friday, December 31, 2004


Whatever you do, do not have a drink and try to knit this sweater.


I had one measly little drink last night and tried to knit a bit while my kids watched a movie. Bad idea. I'm off to find my crochet hook and fix a few mistakes. Thank goodness I'm almost ready to do some stockinette and I don't have to think as much!!

Happy New Year everyone! And remember, don't drink and knit the Ribby Cardi!

Thursday, December 30, 2004

splitting headache yarn

while waiting impatiently for my elann wool to arrive i stopped in at the store today to pick up some circular needles and my size 7's for the ribby cardi. what i didn't expect to find were two beautiful colors that i would much prefer to do my cardi in. i withheld though and only bought one ball to check it out - good thing i did because i'm not sure i could do the whole thing in this stuff. it's lion brand wool-ease and it is splitting like crazy! is this common with this brand/type? i feel like a terrible knitter but i swear it's the yarn!

i do love the colors though so i'm plodding through and it is getting easier. the colors are on the page linked above: seaspray, which is a little bluer in real life and chocolate which is pretty close to the real color.

anyway, i did get gauge with size eight straight needles and started a "test" left front panel. i even learned how to do the tubular cast-on that was mentioned earlier! who knows, i might just end up with two ribbie cardi's. *grin*

ended up rambling but i really just wanted to know if it's the wool-ease or me. thanks for your help!

Question about sewing

I've knitted all the parts, back and front pieces have been blocked too - and now I have a question about sewing. Or two actually!

A) When you sew the sleeves into the body, do you use main colour or accent colour? Won't it show?

B)Where can I find the instructions for sewing in the zipper? I couldn't find it on ChicKnits.


Question about yarn substitutions

I am planning on starting my own Ribby Cardi in the next few weeks (got a x-mas yarn store gift certificate). I had thought about ordering the Elann Peruvian Wool, but I am not a huge fan of wearing wool clothing. Has anyone made this with a different yarn? Any suggestions?

Circs or Straights?

What are you using? I got gauge on my 7s last night, so I cast on the back and did the first two rows, but I'm considering running out to but a pair of Addis. It makes feel faint to consider how much my needle collection is currently worth.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Is this right?

Hello everyone, this is my first post. I am making my cardi out of Elann Highland wool in Vista blue and Coffee Bean brown (in an attempt to match the sample). I have completed the entire back and left front panels. Though, I am suspicious that I did not do the neck decreases properly. This is my first sweater and I barely know what I am doing. Here is a photo of the left front, so the neck decreases are on the left side.

When the pattern says to cast off 5 (smallest size) on the neck side, does it mean to do this all in one row? I stretched this out over 5 rows because i somehow decided that this would make the correct number of stitches per row...or something like that... oh I don't know why I decided that must be right. but comparing to lcord's post , I think I did it wrong.

Should I redo the neck decreases?

The back turned out very nicely, and though I haven't blocked it I am happy that I chose the second-to-smallest size instead of the smallest size. I have a picture of the back at my blog .


Am I the only one who is knitting this with a crochet hook very nearby as to correct my knitting in places where I seem to miss the proper stitch? I've had to correct about 4-6 different stitches where I knit or purled where I was supposed to do the opposite. I can't tell if it's because I have two kids running around me as I knit, the yarn I'm using is the heather grey and it's very darkand hard to see the stitches, or it's my Knitting ADD? At least know how to fix them but geez! I think I should stick to my size 50 needles and my super chunky yarn. At least until my kids are away in college! Someone make me feel better and tell me that I'm not the only one who can't seem to pay attention enough to get the pattern perfect on the first go.....


Tonight, I will be ripping out my entire left front and most of the right front of my Cardi. I was zipping along, and would have been done yesterday.

This is where it all goes horribly wrong. Let me step you through the issues:

1. I finished the left front. I was a bit nervous about my neck decreases, but figured if they were wrong, I could just go back later.
2. I pulled out my Denise interchangable kit so I could switch back to the 'smaller' needles to do my ribbing. I notice that I never switched to the 'larger' needles.
3. Grrr.
4. In a moment of strange knitter logic, I decide that it's 'OK'. I'll just do the right front the same way.
5. I start the right front, and THEN get the smart idea to see if any of you gals posted pictures of your fronts. You know, just to check that mine were correct.
6. Oh, yes. You all DID post pictures. And my interpretation was totally wrong.
7. I finally realize what I should have realized on Sunday. The time to take a trip to the Frog Pond has come.


Tuesday, December 28, 2004

I can finally start!

Yay! The xmas knitting is done & gifted and I can start my cardi tomorrow!

Sizing Question

I finished the back today and I started on the left front and it seems really small. I working on the 38/39 size - the back is only measuring 15" across. I put it up against a cardi I have that I like (it's a little bit baggy) and that measures around 21". There's no stretch on that though. Even if I pull the ribby cardi back out - it's still seems small. How small is it supposed to be? I'm thinking I've got to rip out and start over on a bigger size (yarn isn't an issue - I think I overbought. Sorry Haze - wrong colors!).

I've read that a few people said they would've made it bigger (and some said they would've made it smaller). I'm using the highland wool - am I worried over nothing? Any and all comments would help. Thank you!


Christmas progress!

Hello everyone!

I've made progress!! I finished the back and the left front of my cardi and I am so proud. I am amazed at how quickly it knits up. I'm going to block the two pieces I have so far tomorrow!

Some progress pics are on my blog. I wasn't sure if I could post pics on here!

I can't wait to read more about how everyone is making progress!!


This is my first time posting here, but I've been following everyone's progress. I started the ribby cardi 12.03.04. It is a pretty quick knit, especially as I'm making the 36/37 size. This time it is for my daughter. Next time...for me. I've completed the fronts and back, and am working on the sleeves. Here is where the problem lies....I am going to run out of yarn. I have 2/3 of my last skein, and there is no more to be had at Elann. Would anyone here have an extra skein or two of the highland wool in Summer Fuschia? I wanted to make this one a solid color cardigan, and even the light pink I was going to substitute is sold out. Bummer. Worse case, I can frog the sleeves, and do them in Navy Woolease that I have in my stash.

The next cardi I make will probably be in some shade of blue. I still haven't decided. And a heads up....Elann will be restocking *some* colors some time in January. Yes, I emailed them and asked if there would be any more available.


Hi all - I'm Cara and I'm making a plain panel Ribby Cardi. I'm using the Peruvian Highland wool. The colors I've chosen are antique blue (body) and grape heather (arms):

I took the pictures out because they don't come up. Sorry!

I've started on the back and am almost finished. I had to rip out all the decreases the first go around - I don't know what happened, but somehow I missed a decrease on one side, but completed it on the other so my numbers were off. All is good now and I hope to have the back finished tonight. My blog updates so far are here.

I'm not real crazy about the yarn - it knits very nicely, that's for sure, but it's a little scratchy for my taste. I know I'll never wear the Cardi without something under it, but still, I would've liked a softer feel.

Thanks for having me as part of the group! I'm looking forward to seeing all the new knits!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Just started my sleeves!

I am excited to have started my sleeves. I am knitting both at the same time. I'll be working on this over my New Year's sailing trip. I hope I am happy with the purple colors I chose, sometimes purple seems more elclectic than I feel. We'll see. I'll post pics soon!

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Ready to cast on...

I swatched today, and luckily, I'm getting gauge with the recommended needle size... most surprisingly, I'm getting row gauge, too. I'm not used to that happening.

Now I'm ready to cast on, and being the prefectionist I am, I'm feeling all hung up about what cast-on method to use. Is there a best one to use for ribbing? Is there a place online that talks about the pros and cons of different cast-on methods (I 'm hoping so... I don't want to have to wait to find a book about it before I can cast on)? I usually (HA! I'm a rather new knitter... usually doesn't mean too much yet)like the cable cast-on, as it looks nice and is nice and stretchy, too... but I heard someone mention tubular cast-on, and was wondering if there was a reason that would be better. The tutorials seem clear as mud to me (I think I'd have to follow the instructions before they really made sense to me), but it seems as if with the tubular cast-on, your first little bit looks 1x1 ribbed. I'm not sure how I'd like the look of that with the ribbing that already exists in the pattern. And someone else said they used the long-tail cast-on, which is one I haven't tried yet (told you I'm a new knitter).

Any help would be appreciated. I hate feeling so indecisive, especially when I really just want to START working on this.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Needle Size Choices?

Hi...I'm wondering what size needles everyone is using to make their cardis with? Did you get on gauge with the needle size recommended or did you have to use a different size? If you did, what size did you use? I started out with the recommended 4.5 mm but since it turned out on the smallish side, I'll probably go up to 5.0 mm on my second try. I didn't do gauge the first time (BAD GIRL! LOL) but I thought it'd be fine to start out and re-start if needed which is what I'll be doing. I'll be doing gauge now. I've been preoccupied with scarves at the moment on holidays because it's an easy knit but will get back to my cardi soon. In the meantime, just thought I'd pose the question to everyone who's well on their way already. Thanks everyone!

Happy Christmas Eve!

Good morning, everyone! I'm Karma from Seattle. I just swatched and then cast on for my ribby last night. Addi turbos and Peruvian wool, how do I love thee? I'm already having fun and I just started!

I'm using Summer Sky for the MC and Aubergine for the CC, in the flat panel version. I seriously debated for a while about which size to make, and now that I'm reading all these "too small" posts, I'm a little worried. I measured a couple of my cardigans and chose the 38/39 size, so I hope it will work out.

I love seeing all of your color combos and reading everyone's questions. Thanks, Carole, for starting this KAL! What a great idea.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

New here

Hi everybody, I just joined and started the cardi on Dec 16th - going slow because I suffer from knitting ADD. This is my first KAL - well, actually the second one I join, but we are starting to knit Mariah until February - and I hope this will keep me on track.
Friends call me Lu and I live in California - SF Bay Area, but I am originally from Italy, moved here 9 (gulp! nine years?) ago. I learned how to knit when I was 14 years old but I stopped when I moved here. I recently started again and I am out of control - projects lined up from now to next year.
As for the cardi, here is where I am:


I am using the Peruvian Highland Collection from Elann and I had to go up a needle size to get the correct gauge.

Is the neck edge supposed to look like this?

After viewing some finished photos of ribby (great job everyone) I'm wondering if I lost my way somewhere on the right front edge/sleeve edge? Um, doesn't mine look a little short? I followed the instructions but the decreasing on the neck edge and sleeve edge had me a bit confused when I got down to the last few stitches. I think I'll continue with the left front and see how it turns out, and if I have to then frog the right front a few rows and redo the neck.


I just wanted to give a introduction before the craziness of the weekend starts. My name is Carrie and I'm a relatively new knitter. This will be my first sweater AND my first knit along - I'm glad to read that I'm not the only newbie! I've yet to get my yarn, but I have been looking at Elann's website at least 100 times a day to see what the have going on for colors. Yes, I do have a problem with commitment... Anyways, Hello! Have a great weekend - and I can't wait to finally get started on something other then Christmas Scarves!

Length Dilemma

I'm about an inch away from the decreases on the back and I am having a bit of a length issue. From the posts of those who have finished, I am convinced I should probably lengthen the body by a couple of inches and I'm not sure which way I should do it--here are my options:

1. just continue knitting for a couple more inches before beginning the decreases.
2. pick up stitches along the bottom and knit a few inches in the accent color, creating a dark band all the way around the bottom of the sweater

I think the darker color band along the bottom could look quite nice (I'm doing the all ribbed version) but I'd like some other thoughts on this. I'd hate to finish it and then think the band looked funny...


My progress

I wish I knew how to put pictures IN my post, instead of having to post twice anytime I want to show off my progress.

Anyway! I'm moving along on my Ribbi back - and I put the sleeve next to the back to show off my color choices - which are growing on me. I was nervous for a bit - but I think they look better now that I've got some knit up, compared to just looking at them on the ball.

I'm adjusting the size a bit by using a slightly bigger gauge. I like my cardigans a bit big, and I was nervous that even the largest size would size be to 'snug' for me. Experiments like this sometime turn into disasters, but I think the ribbing on the sides will help!

Cece's Ribby Back Progress Posted by Hello


I just wanted to say hi to everyone :) and introduce my self. My name is Tawana and I am from NY. My 1yr knitaversary is actually coming up (New Years Eve/Day) That's right I only learned how to knit 1 year ago. But once I picked up those needles I could not put them down.

I had started the Card before I knew about the knitalong so I have already finished the back, and the two front panels and I am now on the sleeves. I am knitting the Cardi with Elann's Peruvian Highland Wool in Jacarinda. I also had got Rasberry and Rose Pink, but I found that the rose pink was like pepto bismo pink and did not look good with the rasberry, maybe it will look good as a baby sweater. Let's see then I headed back to elann and got Summer sky and Electric Blue to make another Cardi, When they came I wasn't sure about the Electric Blue with Summer Sky, so I ordered Dark Indigo Heather. but I knit up a swatch of Electric blue and Summer sky and it doesn't look bad together, now I just have to wait for Drk Indigo Heather and see which one is better.

I also had a question about the sleeves, for the increases, in the part where it says

Repeat INC Row
every 8 rows 0 (0, 6, 6, 4, 9) times, then
every 10 rows 8 (6, 4, 4, 6, 2) times, then
every 12 rows 0 (2, 0, 0, 0, 0) times.
9 (9, 11, 11, 11, 12) INCs total – 64 (66, 70, 72, 74, 76) sts

Do you do the increases only on the RS row or both the RS and WS row?

Thanks in adavance :)

Oh did I mention this is actually my first sweater, and second knitalong, it's going very fast. I can't wait to start the second sweater.

I will try and posts pics this evening as I have to get ready for work ( I couldn't wait to post) :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Cece's Finished Sleeves Posted by Hello

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

A bit small, but still cool...

Well, I've finished the sweater - here's a photo of the finished product. Sorry for the mirror shot:

Despite my previous post on my collar dilemma, I ended up making the mock turtleneck - partly because I ran out of charcoal gray wool and didn't have enough to make the full-on ribbed collar. But I like it anyway. Here's a close-up of the collar area:

And here are some thoughts on the process:

1. Despite the fact that I got gauge on size 8 needles, the sweater is on the small side - it fits, but it is quite clingy, fitting more like a glove than perhaps a cardi should. I still like it - it's super comfy and warm, and the design is pretty sleek - but I may try to block it up a bit after Christmas.

2. I can't seem to get lengths of sleeve and body quite right on any sweaters that I knit - they're either too long or too short. For this sweater, I lengthened the sleeves to 19" and the body to 13" (I knit the 36/37" size). I definitely should have lengthened the body - to at least 14" if not more (you can see in the photo that my T-shirt is sticking out the bottom!) and the sleeves are pretty good, but could probably be at least an inch longer. (I'm 5'10" with long arms!) Oh well - maybe one day I'll get it just right.

3. This was my first experience with sewing a zipper into a knitted garment, and I was pretty scared of screwing it up... but it came out pretty well. Bonne Marie's instructions on her website were great and very helpful - I followed them exactly, and used my sewing machine to insert the zipper.

4. I knit the pieces on straight bamboo needles, but when I got to the collar and the front bands, I switched to circulars - I used my Denise needles (around 32" long) so that I could see all the stitches and make sure they were spaced evenly. This really helped a lot, especially for the front bands.

5. All in all, this was a great, fast sweater to knit - and I may even do it again someday, in different colors (and larger). I was thinking that it may even make a really cool guy's sweater - maybe by eliminating or reducing the ribbing along the side seams - what do y'all think?

And that's enough of my babbling! Happy holidays, everyone - and thanks for a great knitalong!

Second Thoughts!!! Arghhh...LOL

Hi Gang...I've finished the back panel but since it feels smallish and *ONLY* took 1 3/4 skeins to finish, I'm thinking I better just start over again and make it bigger! I know I'm not going to be too happy with it "smallish" and the ribbing stretched too much when I wear what the heck, I think I'll start again even though I don't want to...I hate frogging!! LOL However, this time, I think I'll cast on all the stitches for the back panel and the two front panels and just work them on circular needles right up to the avoid the side seams. Will this work??!! What does everyone think?

Finished my sleeves!

Hey gals!

I finished my sleeves last night. I have rather long arms, so I added about 1 1/2 inches to the sleeves. And I'm also not getting row gauge (whoops - guess I should have checked that also, huh?) so I had to bind off the sleeve cap with 12 stitches still on it. I think it will all work out OK - but tonight I'll try to post pictures for moral support. I forgot how long raglan sleeve arms need to be!

I started the back - and have decided to do the plain panel version. My husband and I are traveling a bunch for the holiday's - so a bet I make major progress this week. (he drives while I knit)

Hope everyone's pre-Christmas week isn't too hectic!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Almost there!!!

Here is my sleeve #1. Thanks to Elizabeth on the suggestion for keeping with the ribbing pattern. It worked really well!I guess my knitting became a little looser so at the top, my cap was enormously long...I ripped and reknit *tighter*.

Here is sleeve #2 almost to the cap shaping. I am getting excited that I will be able to block and then sew together. I am still undecided about the collar...I guess I still have a little time to decide on that!

To the Frog Pond we go...

Hi everyone!

My first post, but unlike most, I'm showing a more de-constructive piece!

*Sigh*, I've had to rip out my back panel... it was too small. I never have luck with sweaters - I have yet to complete one. Anyone else out there experience size problems? As in, you get guage, but still manage to be either too large or too small?

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Back Panel Done & Ribbing Close-Up

Hi Gang....first of all, I don't expect to finish the rest of the cardi this quickly as I worked pretty diligently all weekend to finish the back panel as I'm going away on holidays next week and with Christmas coming, well, let's just say I probably won't be posting any progress photos for awhile again...LOL I hope to get the front panels and sleeves started and/or completed while away for 2 weeks. Here's how the back panel looks:

You can see it closer up here:

And here's a close-up of the ribbing:

It's turned out a bit "smaller" than expected but the ribbing is quite tight because I'm a slightly tighter knitter so I'm hoping with the ribbing stretch allowance and a bit of blocking that it will be fine...if not, I can always find someone else to give it my Mom or a friend...LOL

I started

Couldn't resist it after all :-)

Here's the beginning of the back, plain-panel version, largest size:

It's so much fun - a really enjoyable knit!


Hello Everyone!

I just started my cardi yesterday! I've had the yarn for quite some time but have been putting it off for who knows why. I'm glad I found a knit along for it--it really got me moving!

Yesterday, I did the first sleeve. After I was all done and proudly showing it to my husband, Nick, he noted the sleeve looked "a little funny" I did a little checking and realized I hadn't bound off enough stitches at the beginning of the sleeve cap and had to frog it back. I finished up this morning and started on the back. I'm leaning toward the all ribbed version--but I haven't totally decided yet.

Heres my progress so far!

Happy knitting!


Saturday, December 18, 2004

Collar dilemma

I'm getting pretty close to done with this sweater - all the pieces are done (the second sleeve is blocking as we speak), and I've done the front bands. Tomorrow I'm going to seam it and do the collar. I've ruled out the mock turtleneck, but am having a hard time deciding between the rather minimalist rolled collar and the full-out 5 1/2" ribbed collar. Which should I do?? What are y'all planning on doing? I'm just curious...

I picked up my yarn! Yayayay :-)

Hi girls (and boys, if we have any)!

After ten long days *g* I could pick up my yarn today - Lana Grossa's Numero Uno.

I got a new Christmas 'order' yesterday, so it looks like I'll need to finish some UFOs before I can start on my cardi, though ...

But here's the yarn, mauve for the body, plum for the sleeves:

And a close-up of the plum colour:

I'm excited :-)

Friday, December 17, 2004

Ribbed back finished

I finished the back of the cardi last week, does it take longer to knit ribbing for anyone else? Thankfully the front pieces are knitting up a bit quicker.

A Little Ribbing Done...

I don't seem to be too fast because my little bit of ribbing took about 2 hours...of course it's the WS I'm showing...LOL The redwood is quite pretty...sort of a brownish-red colour. The softness of the "heather" seems to be showing too. Here's how it looks so far:

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Hi ladies!

Thought I'd take the opportunity to finally check in! I'm incredibly excited because this is my first knitalong and first sweater. I figured if I was going to do a sweater, this would be a great way to do it...with the help of other knitters. I recently received my yarn from and have just started working the back section. I'm using Summer Fuschia for the body, and Boysenberry for the sleeves and trim.

I still can't decide on the plain or ribbed version, and I'll have to make a decision soon. Have any of you decided to go with the ribbed version? Do you have photos I can see? Can't wait to get to know everyone better and see all the different cardis!


I Made It!

Hello Everyone...I made it! I'm excited to start my Ribby Cardi which I will cast-on for tonight...I have opted for the ribbed version. Here's the yarn colours I'll be using:

I thought this would be the perfect project for Christmas and thanks for allowing me to join your KAL. Everyone's finished Ribbys look lovely...good job everyone! I may just do the snaps instead of the zipper to finish it too...we'll see!

UPDATE: The yarn colours are mid-indigo heather for the blue and the red is called redwood. The body will be redwood and the sleeves will be mid-indigo.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Have I missed you?

A few people commented in my blog that they'd like to join the KAL, but didn't leave an email address, which I need to get you added to the members list-- if you are one of those people, please email me! carole at strangelittlemama dot com

Still no sign of my yarn ...

I'm so frustrated!

I ordered the yarn for RC nine days ago, from my LYS' Internet outlet. Instead of having the order sent to me, though, I'll be picking it up in-store. You'd think it was a fairly straight-forward affair, right? Wrong!

I ordered last Tuesday, called on Saturday to ask whether I could pick it up and was told: "Oh, you ordered Tuesday? We won't even have processed your order yet!" Argh. "You'll be emailed when you can pick it up. It should be Monday or Tuesday."

Guess what - it's Wednesday night, and still no email! I'm not very happy with my LYS ...

Cheering up my Christmas Blues

Hi, I'm Cece. I'm excited to join this knitalong!

I usually never allow myself to get into the position where I have lots of knitting to do for Christmas. Especially if it's knitting scarves. I. HATE. KNITTING. SCARVES.

Needless to say, I was tempted by this beautiful sparkley Mohair, and have been slugging through finishing it for a friend that I know will love it.

Enter the Ribby Cardi. It's a fun project that I know I will wear a lot. So I decided to reward myself for progress on the scarves (yes there is another but I can't even talk about it. Let's just say there are many different novelty yarns involved, and it's a special request by my Mother in law) by knitting a fun sweater for me.

I'm starting the sleeves first - and then I'll decide if I like the Ribby all over with the ribbing, or the one with the plain panels. Mine will be in a dark purple/pink color. You can see a picture of the beginning of my sleeves on my blog.

This will be fun!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


I finished my ribby cardi and took photos over the weekend:

and the more sassy pose:

I'm super happy with this sweater. It was a really good first sweater project. I learned some new techniques and it was very, very quick. And I'm happy with the one stripe! Thank you all for the positive comments on my previous post!

I made the mock turtleneck version and ran the zipper all the way to the top. My collar came out pretty wonky but I blocked it and it looks a little better. I think I need to sew the zipper on again (my sewing machine skills seem to be as bad as my hand sewing skills) but I'm not sure when I'll do it... (you can tell how badly I sewed it on if you look at the bottom of my zipper).

I didn't modify the pattern at all, and I think I should have. I would have made the sweater and sleeves slightly longer.

The Peruvian wool makes a very warm sweater. The sleeves are pretty tight so I'm not sure if I could wear a long sleeve shirt underneath.

Someone asked me below how many balls of yarn I bought. I made the smallest size and bought 7 balls of peridot and 3 balls of nutmeg heather. I used all the nutmeg heather and 5 and a little bit of the peridot.

Phew! Lots of info there. Let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, December 13, 2004

I started mine!

Well, I couldn't help myself. I started knitting my ribby this Saturday. I really like the pattern and it's a quick knit. This was done in about 3 hours of knitting and it's already 11" long. What you can see here is exactly 1 skien of the Classic Wool and I'm making the biggest size. It seems a little too big to me right now, but I plan to make another so if this one is too big that's ok, it will just be my comfy cardigan *smile*

I finally found some instructions for the tubular cast-on on Flor's website. Here is a close-up of the cast on with the waste yarn still in...

Here is it after ripping the waste yarn out. I really like it, it gives a nice finished edge. I will have to use this again. It was not difficult either.


Antique Blue and Chocolate

Hello, everyone!! My name is Amanda and you can learn more about me at my blog. I began my Ribby Cardi back in November as soon as I received my yarn from Elann. I am using an Antique Blue for the body and Chocolate for the arms. I am already done with the back and the two fronts:


I thought I had taken a picture of the back, but I cannot seem to find it. I will do that later today. I do have a question about the arms. I already knit one of the arms, but I ended up ripping it out--How is everyone handling the rib pattern as you increase? Also, I am doing the second size and I think the arms may be too short based on the pattern...did anyone else have to lengthen the arms or am I being neurotic? Thanks for the help in advance...can't wait to see how everyone's turns out!

Sunday, December 12, 2004

I've started.

I cast on the back last night, and am about 1/3 of the way through. I'm making the plain panelled version, and it's turning out very nicely.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Casting on


A friend suggested to me that I should use the "tubular cast-on" method since the bottom of this sweater is ribbed. Problem is I don't know how to do the tubular cast-on. I've done a search on the web but I haven't found any instructions that I can really understand. I need pictures! Does anyone know where I can find instructions for how to do this? Or, what cast on methods are you all using. I want something that will be elastic with the ribbing along the bottom and the sleeve cuffs.


Almost a Ribby Cardi!

All the pieces are finished! The front and back pieces have already been blocked and the sleeves are drying up nicely on the blocking board. I'm hoping to have this cardi seamed and zippered this weekend so that I can wear it next week!

As for blocking, I normally pin the dry pieces and then spray them down with cold water. This is how I blocked the front and back pieces. Lovely. But I know others wash their pieces first, remove the excess water with a towel and then pin down the damp pieces to size. Ok, so I tried this with the sleeve pieces -- hmm, a bit cumbersome. The fully wet sleeves were difficult to handle and when I pinned them down to the board the ribbing looked a little wobbly. As the sleeves dried, they seemed to even themselves out into a more even ribbed fabric, but I was a little worried there.

Anybody have any other "best practices" for blocking? I'm using Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed, but for everybody using the Highland Wool it would probably be useful to share your blocking success stories!


Thursday, December 09, 2004

Russet and Dried Herb

Hi, I'm LeAnne and I'm a...knitaholic. I chose Elann's Peruvian Highland Wool (who could beat that price, too!) in Russet for the sleeves and Dried Herb for the body. I haven't started it yet. Too many Christmas things going on right now. This is my first knitalong. I have a blog for those of you who are interested. It's at

I'm really looking forward to this!

Question about pattern...

Hi all,

I think (hope) it's ok for me to post this much of the pattern here. I have a question about the beginning of the pattern. What I have says cast on for back... Row 1 (WS):
K2, *[P2,K2]....; *[P3, K1]... Should that P3, K1 actually be K3, P1? I'm asking because in the pattern where I cast on for the front it says K3, P1 and this P3, K1 is looking kinda wonky, LOL!

-Stacey :)

Plain Panel vs. Ribbed Version

Which one are people going for here? I'm thinking I'll be doing the panel version but I might still change my mind when I get there ... :-) The cardi is shown in the panel version, isn't it?
So far, I am still impatiently waiting for the yarn! I have hopes for Saturday, but I might not be able to pick it up before Monday.


Hi there! I'm Tanya, I'm 31 and I live in Toronto. I just started knitting about three months ago and I've recently finished my first sweater - Big Sack Sweater from the Stitch n Bitch book. I'm looking forward to increasing my sweater collection, so along with Ribby Cardi I'm also partway through a Rowan big wool cardigan. Here are the colors I've picked for the cardi (the mocha for the body and the periwinkle for the sleeves)

I've only swatched so far and determined I need bigger needles as I'm a tight knitter. I have numerous Christmas gifts on the go so not sure when I'll get a chance to work on the cardi but I love switching from project to project. I'm also quite tall (5'11") so hopefully I bought enough of the yarn to make the arms and body longer.

I'm amazed at how many cool knitting blogs there are out there and looking forward to reading about all your knitting adventures. This is my first knitalong. I have a blog, Crazy Biker Chick where I ramble mostly about my favourite form of transportation - cycling (the pedal powered kind) and also about knitting projects and life in general.

My two cents (or colors) *smile*


My name is Stacey and I just recently joined the knit along. This will be my first cardigan so I'm pretty excited to get started. I also just love the pattern. I've been knitting for a little over a year now and I'm hooked. I have one daughter who is 4 years old and keeps me busy and I just recieved my bachelor's degree in business from Mount St. Mary's College. Ok, that's the quick and the dirty on my life story *smile* You can visit my blog to see what else I'm working on.

I have decided to use Patons Classic Wool in Chestnut Brown for the main part of my sweater and Tree bark mix for the sleeves. I don't know if you can really see how well the colors go together here, but trust me, it's nice *smile*

Here is another shot of the yarn, the tree bark is kinda greyish, brown, green in color so this is pretty close to what it really looks like. I plan to swatch tonight for gauge and then I'm off! *smile*

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Before I get beaten with a stick....

by Carole to do my intro I figured I'd finally take a picture of my yarn and say hello. She's also threatened me that I'm not allowed to start this until she does. Gosh she's so bossy. ;) Just kidding. I love Carole.

Okay, I'm Scout and I'm pretty old and I have two kids and I've been knitting my whole life. When you grow up in VT you pretty much learn how to knit. I posted a bunch of pictures on my blog of completed projects. Since I basically just created that blog so I can post, there's not a whole lot more to it other than pictures.

I'm not sure how I'm feeling about knitting this sweater as I'm notoriously known for not making anything on needles smaller than size 10's......but it's cute and I figured what the heck. The colors I bought from elann are already gone and I can't remember the exact color names. I think I got something like heather grey for the body and heather violet for the arms? The picture doesn't really do it justice but here goes.

Now I'm off to try and finish my last square of my mitered felty bag!

A new KAL'er

Hi everyone,

I'm Tatjana, soon-to-be 29, from Germany but in transition to the UK - right now, hubby and I are living at my mum's. Oy! We'll leave any time between Jan and March, depending on hubby's work situation.

I ordered yarn for a Ribby Cardi last night (Lana Grossa's Numero Uno, 100% wool, colours are mauve and plum) - I should have it by Monday at the latest, I hope!

Anyone here knitting RC in a larger size? I'll probably knit the largest size and might add a couple of cm/in in length.

I'm looking forward to my very first knitalong :-)

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

What??? Not enough yarn???

Let me preface this by saying that this is my first sweater... so I'm using that as my excuse!

I'm making the Ribby Cardi in Peridot and Nutmeg Heather and I thought I ordered the correct number of skeins. Of course, halfway through my second sleeve, I could sense that I wasn't going to have enough Nutmeg Heather. And there's no more Nutmeg Heather on sale at Elann! Horrors!!

So I did the following:

Which means the sweater only has one stripe on one sleeve. My husband tried to console me by telling me the sweater will look better with one stripe than putting them on both sleeves.


I should finish up my sweater by the weekend - I don't own a sewing machine so I will have to rely on the kindness of family.

Other than the yarn quantity fiasco, I'm still enjoying making this sweater!

I Received my order from Elann today!

Here's the purples...

Purple yarn

and the Reds...

Raspberry and Claret

Sorry about the flash glare! :) Well, now I can finish the right front of my Ribby Cardi.

right front RC

Off to knit! :)

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Ribby Cardi or bust!

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to join this knitalong - I just started the sweater this week and on an impulse did a google search to see if there was a knitalong - and lo and behold! So far I'm about 8" into the back of the sweater. I'm knitting the plain panel version - partly because I think I prefer the look of it, and partly because I just finished knitting an all-over ribbed sweater and needed to take a bit of a break from intense ribbing. I'm using the Peruvian wool from Elann - the body will be Victorian rose, and the sleeves/trim Charcoal heather. I'm so looking forward to seeing all your finished sweaters - especially all the gorgeous color combos y'all have come up with. I'm hoping to knit like the wind and have my sweater done before I leave for Christmas break on 12/22... we'll see if that will happen.


Saturday, December 04, 2004


I got my yarn from Elann a couple of days ago. I'm anxious to start, but I've got all this Christmas knitting in the way. Bah!

Oh, I guess I'd better introduce myself. My name is Leisel, and I'm a wife and stay at home mom to 3 smart, cute kids. I have only been knitting for a few months. This will be the first article of clothing where fit matters that I will make (I'm mostly done with a baby sweater, but the size will work itself out because the little one will grow into it eventually).

Here are the colors I chose (the blue is for the body and the pink is for the sleeves):

Mid Indigo Heather and Victorian Rose Posted by Hello

Leah... you are doing almost the same color scheme I am. You must have great taste, LOL. Too fun :)


Hi everyone! I'm starting the cardi sometime this week. I couldn't make a decision on what colours to pick so I only picked one- seashell pink. I'll be doing the cardi all in ribbing and with the mock neck. I look forward to seeing everyones progress!

lisa c

Friday, December 03, 2004

Wow..there's a lot of people doing this cool. I'm looking forward to seeing all the different colors and styles that people chose.

I'm trying to post my yarn color...we'll see if I figured out this whole picture thing!


New Years Beginning

Hello Everyone!
The Ribby Cardi was on my list to do before Bonne Marie even finished knitting! It's a great design and one that will be a favorite to wear...I just know it.
It was Monica and Lynette who enabled me into buying the Peruvian Highland Wool early on so, I got two colors that are not available now. They should make a classic cardi.
I'll be using Charcoal Heather and Oxford Gray Heather for the contrast.
Starting time in January as I have enough to do until then.

Have a knitty weekend!

It's the process,


Thursday, December 02, 2004

Color choices

I finally got my yarn today! This color for the body and this for the sleeves. What do you think? The second blue is brighter than i thought it would be, and so I'm considering exchanging the yarn for something darker. I don't know. I do like both the colors, I just don't know how it will look after completion. Oh boy, I'm not a good decision-maker! :)

Anyway, hello, everyone! [waves]


I'm happy to say that this is both my first sweater and my first knitalong! My name is Mari and I live in Los Angeles. I've been knitting for about a year but I've become obsessed in the past two months.

I'm making this sweater first in peridot and nutmeg heather and then, if I like the results, a second in wisteria and dusky purple (which I saw will be Nicole's second sweater combo too!). I've finished the back and left front sections so far. I really like the pattern; it's going by really fast and it's easy to boot!

I'll post photos as soon as I can!

Hello everyone!


I just joined the KAL yesterday, and I wanted to introduce myself. I am anxiously awaiting my yarn - I am also using the yarn from Elan in New Leaf and Pink. It should be pretty cute. It will be my first cardigan, and I am a little nervous about putting in the zipper, but I will have to cross that bridge when I get to it.

But I do have a question. Does anyone know the difference between the full ribbed version and the not full ribbed? Does the full ribbed have ribbing along all of the front panels? I haven't looked at the directions too closely yet.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Hi everyone....I'm ready to start on the Ribby Cardi really soon, hopefully in the next week or two. It will be my second sweater. I've been an on-and-off knitter for a few years, but have recently picked up again within the last two months. I'll be knitting with the Highland wool in Pottery Red and Salmon (I think....I may order yet another option from Elann because I'm not excited enough about the salmon as a CC), which you can see in my work-in-progress blog. For the past year I've been living in Brooklyn NY and work as a graphic designer in the city. This is my first knitalong, and its really great to see what everyone has so far!


I'll be joining you all in making a Ribby Cardigan. I hope to start after the holidays, when I will hopefully be finished with all my holiday knitting! :)

I am using Elann's Peruvian Collection Highland Wool in Dusky Purple. Or in Grape Heather; I haven't decided, and I have enough of both colors to do the sweater. I am going to use only one color for the entire sweater, since I have the yarn already in my stash, and I don't want to buy any more yarn this year. (Heh. It IS almost next year....) ;)

Finished the left side!

I finished the left side of my Ribby Cardi today! Here's a pic of it unstreched...

Now I'm going to start the right side! :)

P.S. I've only used 3 1/4 skeins of yarn so far. I don't think it's going to take as much yarn as I thought it would.

Just Joined!

Hi, It's Monica and Lynette!
We're excited to have just signed up for the Ribby Cardi Knit-along. We were so psyched by the yarn itself, we almost forgot about the project. Anywho, we ordered enough yarn to make two cardigans. However, the second one will probably become a pullover. We'll see. Because we have other projects going, we won't be starting until sometime in January.

Monica's first cardi will be knit in Oxford Grey/Irish Moss
Lynette's first cardi will be knit in Red Maple/Coffee Bean.

We're having problems posting pictures so please click here to see the colors! Eventually, we'll post separately about our progress.