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July 6, 2010

From Susan — Out of the Ashes…

Filed under: Alexandria,Updates — lv2knit @ 6:54 pm

…arises the Phoenix! Okay, too much!  But this one was truly in the trash heap and pulled out by a thread –groan– at the last moment.  I had counted the “ten count” down to zero, and then it raised its head for one more round-double groan!  Anyway, I did finally finish my Alexandria Cardigan. It was traumatic at worst and rewarding at best.

Alexandria Cardigan in Shepherd’s Wool, 5 skeins, US 5 and 6 needles

1- the sleeve change (see below) 
2- i-cord bind off on neckline
3- reverse stockinette at hem of sleeves (#2&3 mods were done to reduce the number of different finishes on the edges)
4- I did my neck decreases right at the edges instead of in a few sts so there would not be a distinct decrease line formed, and I did not bind off the back neck sts

The sleeve picture below shows how I did a faux seam at the underarm.

The blue arrow indicates where the underarm bind off was supposed to occur.  I did not bind off the underarm sts but rather placed them (both front and back sts) onto a holder and then knit them when I picked up the sleeve cap sts. I continued the faux seam down the sleeve and did my decreases thus: knit to one st before faux seam st, slip 2 sts tog as to knit, k1, pass the two slipped sts over the st just worked (central double dec).  I do like the clean line and the uninterrupted “seam.”

Project Grade:
Pattern: A (once I got the drift  )
Yarn: A+
Fit: A++

I love it.  I L-O-V-E it!   It fits like a dream.  It is cashmere soft.  I am so glad I did not listen to my inner [pouty] child and instead let a voice of reason speak to me.   Whew!


  1. It does look lovely. I’m jealous! I want one!

    Comment by Surly — July 6, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

  2. Fabulous! I love the faux side seam and Shepherd’s Wool is my fave right now too!

    Comment by lea-ann — July 6, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  3. Susan, It is beautiful! I want one too. I have not used the Shepherds Wool yet. Soon maybe.

    Comment by Marsha — July 6, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

  4. This is a real beauty. I love your modifications. I hope this one is heading to the the state fair!

    Comment by twinsetellen — July 6, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  5. Beautiful!

    Comment by Sirianne — July 6, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  6. Totally lovely! Congrats on persevering.

    Comment by Cheryl S. — July 6, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

  7. I think it is stunningly beautiful. I am so happy for you!!

    Comment by Kathy — July 7, 2010 @ 1:06 am

  8. Really beautiful.

    Comment by dclulu — July 7, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  9. wonderful !

    Comment by Samy — July 7, 2010 @ 9:15 am

  10. Gorgeous!

    Comment by Joy — July 7, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  11. What a perfect cardigan! Love the white. 🙂

    Comment by Kym — July 7, 2010 @ 10:45 am

  12. Gorgeous knitting (as always) very clever modifications and a really lovely cardigan. Well done for overcoming the traumatic moments!

    Comment by Soo — July 7, 2010 @ 11:06 am

  13. That is just exquisite!

    Comment by GeekKnitter — July 7, 2010 @ 11:29 am

  14. It’s a work of art and yet looks SOOOO wearable. Good job!

    Comment by LaurieM — July 7, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

  15. It’s stunning! I love Connie’s patterns, and she’s such a sweetie, too. Bonus! 🙂

    Comment by Romi — July 7, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

  16. Absolutely gorgeous! The designer should use your sweater in her advertisements.

    Comment by Linda — July 7, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  17. That is one lovely sweater! Sometimes, you just have to stick it out.

    Comment by technikat — July 7, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

  18. Your sweater is amazing. You knit so beautifully.

    Comment by Kim Fluck — July 7, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

  19. Wow. Exquisite design AND workmanship!

    Comment by Carol — July 7, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

  20. Absolutely lovely!

    Comment by Jane — July 8, 2010 @ 8:06 am

  21. This just moved to the top of my queue. Your sweater is absolutely stunning. Top of the line. Phoenix indeed.

    Comment by Ruth — July 8, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

  22. LUST, fabulously, marvelous!! some day . .

    Comment by Carol R — July 8, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

  23. Your work is absolutely breathtaking. I keep trying to get my things to look as properly finished as yours. Haven’t gotten there yet, but I intend to.

    Comment by 2muchfun — July 8, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

  24. Your work is beautiful. You had the word trash at the beginning of your post, and I can’t even begin to think of that word and your sweater anywhere near each other. Just lovely!

    Comment by Christina Bieloh — July 8, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

  25. Stunningly beautiful, and your handiwork… WOW! Mind-blowing. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy!

    Comment by Herdis — July 8, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  26. Boy, can you knit! When can I come over and pick it up?

    Comment by Chloe — July 8, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

  27. I’m glad you listened to your reason, too. That cardigan is inspirational. Your modifications are excellent.

    Comment by Sigrun — July 11, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

  28. Wow! This is truly a gorgeous sweater. When I read that you were thinking of not finishing, I was screaming in the background “NO, NO, persevere, persevere.” So glad that you “heard” my screams and finished. I may have to add this to my que.

    Comment by lisa — July 12, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

  29. This is lovely. Your mods are wonderful and I will be adding this to my queue.

    Comment by Beverly — July 16, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

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