Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Finishing the body

We are knitting the  Carbeth Cardigan  by Kate Davies using  Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky yarn . See our  knit-along posts .

We are knitting the Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies using Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky yarn. See our knit-along posts.

Here we are at the place where we’re done with our sweater body. We need to move some stitches around before we move on to the sleeves. 

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The Carbeth Cardigan is knit from the bottom up to the neckline and at this point we are done with the body and we’re going to hold these stitches until it’s time to attach the sleeves to the body. At this point we will rearrange the stitches to set aside a few for the underarms. 

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We slip the stitches around the needle without knitting them — see my working yarn at the beginning of the row?

The size I’m working says that I remove 4 stitches on either side of the marker so I slipped over to that point. Be sure to slip your stitches purlwise for this because knitwise will twist them and it will be visible later.  

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I like to use scrap yarn to hold stitches because it’s usually softer when knitting near it later. I always choose a thinner smooth yarn in a contrasting color. (There are always scraps of Ewe So Sporty hanging around my studio so that works perfectly!) 

Thread a darning needle with some scrap yarn and move the required number of stitches — 8 for me — over to the yarn.

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I tie it in a little bow to secure.  

Now we continue moving around the sweater bridging the gap just created by the underarm. Slip to your next marker and move those stitches.  

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Now we have all of our body stitches sorted out! I’m going to leave the main stitches on my interchangeable needle cord. I attached the stoppers and I’ll set this whole piece aside until we need it again after the sleeves are knit. Sleeves start Wednesday!

Check in, ask questions, keep knitting!

Check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #BaaBaaCarbeth and #EweEweKAL. Follow @eweeweyarns on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email me if you have any questions! (It's always me on the other side of that form.)


Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Day 1

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Today is the day! If you’ve checked your gauge then it’s time to cast on for the body of the Carbeth Cardigan. You’ll need your smaller size long needle to begin, in this case I’m using a US 10 (6 mm) with a long cord. 

The sweater starts at the bottom hem. We will be working the left front, back, and right front at the same time with each section separated with a stitch marker as noted in the first paragraph of the pattern. 

It’s a long edge to cast on so be sure to leave a long enough tail. There’s no magic trick to knowing how long of a tail to leave for your long-tail cast on because every yarn is different and every knitter has their own tension. It took me three attempts to get the edge I wanted here, something not too tight and something where I didn’t have an extra two yards of yarn hanging down when I was done. Take your time and make a nice relaxed edge that will feel good as the hem of your sweater. Baa Baa Bulky is a springy yarn so it will make a great edge with the ribbing.

  Carbeth Cardigan  by Kate Davies on Ravelry 

 Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies on Ravelry 

Change to larger needle

After our 6 rows of rib we need to change to our larger needle to knit the body. I’m using a US 10.5 (6.5 mm) as my gauge-size needle but be sure to use the needle size that you got gauge with. Then we work even with knitting one row and purling one row until our sweater measures the required height.

Check in, ask questions, keep knitting!

Check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #BaaBaaCarbeth and #EweEweKAL. Follow @eweeweyarns on Instagram. Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email me if you have any questions! (It's always me on the other side of that form.) I’ll be back this week to talk about adding length to the body of the sweater. Have you considered adding a few rows? I’m 5’11” and 8” feels a tad too cropped for me. What do you think?

Happy knitting! 

💗 Heather