Standing on top of the mountain…

….waving at the people.






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.

36 thoughts on “Standing on top of the mountain…”

  1. congrats. that turned out so well. yes it is indeed a recipe or a draft more than anything else. but i loved knitting it too. especially my second one where i remembered to mirror the sheepfold and such.

  2. Hiya,

    I wandered over from the Zimmermania blog to tell you that that sweater looks gorgeous!!!! I would have done the same thing about the buttons hehehe.

    Cheers Eva

  3. You did a fantastic job on that sweater! I bet you got lots of compliments on it, and if not, send them to ME. I’ll straighten them out. 🙂

  4. I am so impressed – what a wonderful sweater! Also, very impressed on how quickly you were able to finish it up.
    If (god forbid) it blocks up much bigger, you can always try some GENTLE felting… The eco wool I am sure would oblige, and it would make it even more suitable as a jacket.

    Really wonderful effort.

  5. Wow, talk about go tell it from the mountain! I’d be stopping people on the street telling them “Yes, I made this”. Great job, once again.

  6. It’s a sweater worthy of a mountaintop. So beautiful. Don’t know as I’d block it, just keep wearing it, and let the wool naturally block to my body. All I know for sure is that EZ is smiling with joy at a recipe happily, cozily completed.

  7. Sir Edmund ain’t got nothing on you!!! (I have to know what store let you do model-pics like that though! Hee hee!)

  8. Fabulous! I saw this on Zimmerman’s blog and thought I’d see what else you’ve been up to…..You’ve done an incredible job.

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