WOTNW, What's on the Needle Wednesday

WOTNW #3

WOTNW stands for What’s on the Needle Wednesdays. WOTNW is an on-going  weekly blog post where I share some of my WIP projects. I say some, because if I shared them all this post would go on forever. I bet many of you have dozens of projects all around the house, it’s not just me!

I would like to invite everyone to share their WIP project by doing a pingback in the comments section.

So what is going this week … Let’s talk about the Cables & Flowers, working title, need to find one that will fit into a mountain theme eventually.

I designed Cables & Flowers to be a versatile pattern – it can be a cowl, scarf or shawl depending on the vertical or horizontal repeats knitted.

I really like the pattern, I love the idea of mixing cables with lace. I also like using cables as edging, gives it softer look than a garter stitch border.

I have had this design done for about 3 months, but every time I starting knitting  it I wasn’t satisfied. I picked out Fountain Hill’s Sparkle for the sample, it is a fancy white mohair with just a touch of sparkle.

The first time I started the needle I was using was too big and nothing had any definition, started with size US 8. This might have just been my taste, but I like cable to be firm, not lacey. So 1.5st try I used a US 5, it was looking good, I started the sample as a horizontal shawl, this meant casting on over 400 stitches. This time I got a few vertical repeats done and noticed I didn’t like the way the right & left repeats were laid out. Frog again, and with mohair this wasn’t easy.

Next I decided that I would do a simple scarf and add beads. Again I got a few vertical repeats done and again something was just off. After thinking and thinking on it, I decided it was the yarn that was fighting me. I have tried this yarn in several other projects and I keep going just so far and frogging. While I love the yarn, I can’t find it’s right use. So once again I put it aside as another false start, 2nd try a bust.

The next start was with Manos on a US9, this yarn is yummy – 30% silk, 70% Extrafine Wool. It is a kettled dyed lime green. A few repeats in I am much happier with the results … the cables are more pronounced, the bias of the fabric shows more in the leaf lacy, happy dancing. 3rd time proving to the a Charm.

My only remaining problem is length, this yarn is from my stash and I only have 150 grams, I calculate enough for 30″. I don’t really want to make a cowl, so I am thinking of trimming it with lace done in lace/cobweb weight yarn. Something like a long simple foggot trim.

Very much happy dancing as I feel this pattern is finally going in the right direction.

  • 2nd Try w/ mohair & beads

    Like I said no real stitch definition Cables1.jpg

  • Close up of 2nd try

    Cables2.jpg

  • 3rd times a Charm!

    Cablesflowers.jpg

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