Standing on top of the mountain…

….waving at the people.

SSAC

SSAC

SSAC

SSAC

SSAC

Saddle-Shoulder Aran Cardigan

  • Source: Spun Out #49, $3, Schoolhouse Press. Originally published 2000 as Wool Gathering #63
  • Size: 50″ Chest (about 6″ positive ease)
  • Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool (Used 3 skeins, 1434 yds total)
  • Color: Brown #8087
  • Needles: Size 8 for all the garter edges and buttonband/collar; Size 9 for the rest
  • Gauge: 4.5 sts and 6 rows per inch on size 8 needles in stockinette
  • Cost: 3 skeins of Eco Wool at $12 each = $36
    6 buttons (from Vardhman, Inc. on 39th Street and 8th Avenue in NYC) at $2.15 each = $12.90 TOTAL COST: $48.90
  • Started: October 11, 2008
  • Finished: November 9, 2008
  • Mods: Well, this pattern is one big mod.  You can read my three previous posts, if you haven’t done so already.  The instructions are more like a recipe, as are most of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s patterns.  The eco wool makes this sweater more like a jacket and I’ve been wearing it as such for the past week.  The times that it was a bit windier, I threw a denim jacket over it.  I made it with 6″ of positive ease (it stretches a lot!) so that I could possibly wear a sweater under it if I don’t want to wear a coat on any given day.   In my excitement of finishing it last Sunday, I wore it to work on Monday with safety-pin stitch markers where the buttons needed to be sewn in.  I went at lunch and bought the buttons and sewed them at work!  HA!  I’m going to give the sweater a REALLY good blocking but I hope it doesn’t grow too much!!  Because, no, I haven’t blocked it.  I’ve been wearing it EVERY DAY!  ;-)  The steeking, of course, made me super nervous.  But it’s like anything else in knitting that you have to learn:  afraid to jump in but then you do and you feel accomplished!  Although, I do admit that each time I wear it, I look at the inside to make sure it’s not falling apart somewhere! HA! It’s not, though. I actually think the cut edges are felting themselves to the inside!!!  All in all, a tremendously satisfying knit.

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