A couple years ago, Craftsy had a clearance on Madelinetosh Tosh DK yarn. I love that yarn. It’s 100% Merino wool, all the colors have incredible depth and it’s easy to work with. I’d made sweaters and Milos for Logan with it before so I jumped at the chance to add to my stash.
All they had left was Tart (red) and I think I bought all they had, maybe 5-6 skeins, but until now, I hadn’t figured out what to do with it. I knew I wanted something with cables and I started to “design” a sweater for Logan and started knitting it, but it was way too small so I put that away and knitted her something else.
I have two old store-bought cardigans – a black one and a brown one – that have seen better days, so I decided to replace them with one good hand-knit one. I found the Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli on Ravelry and calculated that there’s enough of the red yarn to make myself one! It’s a different construction than I have ever knit. That, and all the cables, attracted me to it. You knit the back from the neck to the underarms, then put those stitches on hold. Next you pick up the stitches for the fronts from the shoulders and knit them to the underarms. Then you join them together with the back, adding X number of stitches under the arms. For me, there are 10 stitches there, which will run down the sides of the sweater.The thing is, I don’t like that strip of plain reverse stockinette. The rest of the sweater is totally covered with cables and that part is plain. I know that’s where the waist shaping will happen, but still . . .I took a look at the directions. I need to decrease four stitches within that strip. The cables on the sweater alternate between an 8-stitch horse shoe cable and a 4-stitch cable with a twisted slip stitch in between. The twisted stitches are already there on either side of the 10-stitch plain strip. I can just squeeze another 4-stitch cable between them! That will keep the continuity of the pattern!That’s what I’m going to do. Before ripping all those rows out (they include neck shaping), I’m going to try to ladder back the central four stitches and see if I can create the cable that way. It’s worth a shot, and should be a fun challenge! If it fails, I’ll rip out the rows and re-knit.