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March 26, 2007

From Susan — Answers…

Filed under: Oregon Cardigan — lv2knit @ 9:18 pm

…to your questions. 

I did indeed change the look of Oregon from V-neck caridgan to a zippered jacket style.  Part of the decision was because of the weight and feel of the knitted fabric.  It just said “jacket” to me.  Can’t be helped; the sweater has spoken.  Also, when it said ‘jacket’ it also whispered “zipper” under its breath.  It did not take much calculating to make the changes, but it sure took a lot of knitting.  The neckband alone was 27 rows.

AuntieAnn asked about how I do the corrugated rib.  I do it the same as anyone else: k2 (color A), p2 (color B).  It is very slow and tedious, like regular ribbing, but you are also switching colors (every 2 sts) and changing colors (every few rows).  I did spend a lot of time trying to decide on the colors for the neck ribbing because there wasn’t anything that long in the pattern and I wanted it to match the front bands.  I ended up just mirroring the bottom ribbing and not matching the front bands at the point where they attach to the sweater.

The reason the fronts and neck are still on holders is because I am doing an i-cord bind off (2 or 3 st — haven’t decided yet) along the front edges, to frame the zipper and then binding off the neck in-between in one step. 

There you have it!

More answers to more questions:

The collar will stand up — not be folded up or down — so the right side of the ribbing will show (kind of a mock turtleneck).

The pattern came with the yarn from Virtual Yarns.  The original pattern is long out of print and virtually impossible to find.


  1. Thanks! I love i-cord bind-off, too. Is this going in the State Fair by any chance? I think it’s ribbon-worthy!

    Comment by AuntieAnn — March 26, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

  2. Hi, I was wondering if you still offer the amulet bag pattern?
    I saw Wendy’s and I’m dying to try one. I cannot find a link
    here on the website. I’d be happy to purchase the pattern if
    it’s not a freebie. Would love to hear from you.

    sherie AT lightshines DOT net

    Comment by Sherie — March 27, 2007 @ 10:11 am

  3. Susan, can you tell me/us how you obtained the Oregon pattern? Is it
    available in one of Alice Starmore’s books? How would I go about buying
    just the pattern for the Oregon cardigan or vest?

    Thank you,


    Comment by Virginia P — March 27, 2007 @ 10:44 am

  4. It’s very very pretty – my favorite colorway! I love the way you have altered it. Are you planning on folding the collar over and sewing it down inside? I was wondering how the collar would lay when the jacket is open. IOW, if the underside of the ribbing would (or wouldn’t) show.

    Comment by Romi — March 27, 2007 @ 10:55 am

  5. Thanks for a great zipper class tonight! I thought of a question while I was driving home –
    if our zipper is the correct length and no handmade stop is required, I am assuming that I
    still turn down the little extra tape at the top of the zipper and proceed as in class?

    Comment by Connie — March 27, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

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