Reading cables can be hard. When I was a newer knitter, I liked to keep track of which row I was on when I was working a cabled stitch pattern by keeping notes on a pad near me. I’d make a slash after every stitch pattern rows. It was an okay system, but I’d have occasional moments of doubt where I’d wonder if I forgot to make a slash. I didn’t feel like I could entirely trust myself to keep accurate notes.
When I discovered using chains of stitch markers as row counters, it made things so much easier for me. I’d use half as many markers as there were rows in my stitch pattern, and I’d move down a marker every right-side row. It was so much simpler than the slash system because there was no way to forget to slip the marker. All I had to remember was which end was “one,” so I could be sure that I was moving down my markers in the right direction.
These days I can read the simple cables on Marion without any difficulty, so I don’t need to use anything other than my eyes to keep track of cables, but it took me a long time to get to this point! How do you keep track of your cables?
When I was working on my Lavinia capelet, I had a hard time finding the perfect closure, so I decided to put together a list of a few options for when you knit your own.
1. Metal Clasps. This is what the pattern recommends, and although you can find them at craft stores, your options will be limited. Plan ahead and shop around to find the perfect clasp. Dianna Walla from Paper Tiger put together a gorgeous collection of clasps on Etsy.
2. Brooches. Use a brooch or shawl pin to close your capelet. The fun thing about this choice is that you can easily switch up your closure to match your outfit, and there’s no sewing or commitment involved.
3. Crocheted Button Loop. Use some left over yarn and the chain stitch to crochet a button loop, and attach a flat button underneath the collar. This is the most subtle closure option.
4. I-cord Button Tabs. Knit 4-6 inches of i-cord and sew it into a loop. Fold the loop in half, and seam the two sides together in the center leaving a button hole on each end. Attach a button on either side of the capelet underneath the collar, and use the button tap to close the capelet. This option is nice because it’s clean and simple looking, and if you want some variety, you can leave off the button tab, ignore the buttons, and use a brooch or cloak pin.
Over the weekend I finished Marion’s upper back, upper right front, and started the upper left front. Here’s what it looks like folded like it will be when I finish the left front and join everything at the underarms…
…And here’s what it looks like when it’s laid out flat. You can see where the stitches get picked up from the cast-on edge quite clearly here.
I had a lot of good knitting time this weekend which made it easy to make so much progress on my sweater. I went on a mini Twin Peaks road trip with my friends Erin and Monica, and naturally there was quite a bit of knitting involved. We went to the diner that was the Double R Diner on the show, and we had pie and coffee. After that, we went to Snoqualmie Falls where they shot the exterior of the Great Northern Hotel. And then we went to Tolt Yarn and Wool to check out their new shipment of Quince & Co. That didn’t actually have anything to do with Twin Peaks, but how could we not?
I went through the Untangling Knots archives and dug out all of the posts that would be useful for the Marion KAL. Here’s a handy list of resources that might be helpful when you’re knitting your sweater.
Today is the first day of the Marion Knit Along, which means it’s time to cast on your sweaters and come chat in the KAL thread on Ravelry!
I’m using Sincere Sheep Shepherdess in the “cumulus” color for my Marion. It’s a pretty pale grey color with touches of cream. As much as I love brightly colored sweaters, I can always use more neutrals, and I love using Untangling Knots KALs as a chance to get those less exciting colors into my wardrobe.