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May 19, 2007

From Susan — Soccer and Knitting: Pas de Deux

Filed under: Lace Style Cardigan,Peacock Shawl -- Susan's — lv2knit @ 10:47 pm

Youngest daughter is in a soccer tournament this weekend, which means endless hours of sitting, waiting, cheering, and Knitting!!  I always take along mindless knitting projects for these occasions — who can just sit??!!??

Anyway, Mitered Tote is the perfect soccer project, so it is going strong.  And I took along lil Lace Style Cardi today, as well:


I am liking this very much so far.  I love the yarn and love the color.  There is a small mistake in the pattern.  It says to do a long-tail cast on and then knit 4 rows.  If you do it that way, you will have 3 garter st ridges (you get one ridge from the cast on itself).  Three ridges at this gauge is a whopping 1 inch!  Too much.  In the pictures of the finished cardigan, there are clearly only 2 ridges = 2 rows of knitting before starting the pattern rows.  I opted out of both of these options and did a cable cast on and one knit row.  I prefer the tight bead of reverse stockinette at the bottom edge.

I also went back to “My Precious” for a bit this evening and made a little progress:


According to my “How Much Shawl Have I Knitted So Far” calculations, I am at a whopping 11%!!!!!  Not bad, and I don’t see any glaring mistakes — whew!  I was asked how often I’ll run a lifeline: I’m going to put one in at the end of every completed chart.

More knitting soccer tomorrow morning and if they win, another game in the afternoon…maybe Mitered will get felted this week!

PS to Marina: to add a lifeline, take a tapestry needle and thread it with a small, smooth yarn, thread, or cord.  I used leftover perle coton.  Thread it through all the sts on your needle, making sure not to go through the stitch markers.  For the Peacock Shawl, I am placing my lifeline through a RS pattern row, not the WS purl row.  It is easier to purl the sts with the lifeline through them than to work them as pattern sts.  I push all the sts back from the needle tips so they are on the center cord of the circular needle.  It only takes a few minutes.  See also: April 11 — Sally describes a lifeline and shows pictures :).



  1. Best of luck to Youngest Daughter and her team — Mama needs her knitting time!

    Comment by kmkat — May 20, 2007 @ 12:03 am

  2. Oooh! I have knitting, I mean archery, tomorrow. 🙂 Good luck to Youngest Daughter!

    Viva Peacock!

    Comment by Romi — May 20, 2007 @ 2:04 am

  3. The Lace Style cardigan is not so little any more. Gorgeous colour!

    Hmm, I need to learn how to put in a life line. Any tips?

    Comment by Marina — May 20, 2007 @ 6:19 am

  4. I have thumbed my nose at the lifeline- much to my regret.
    It never does to get too cocky with your knitting, it’ll bite you in the bum
    every time.

    Comment by Lorraine — May 20, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

  5. Happy knitting and hope the weather is nice for you this weekend! This is wonderful for you and your daughter. It keeps them occupied and healthy. I miss those soccer days – Both my kids played soccer all year round where we traveled all over. Those are special memories of times we spent together. It was my social life for awhile and when they left for college I had a bit of a void for a (short) while. Now – I do have my wash and house cleaning caught up and less mileage on my car. Only regret – I wished I knew how to knit then.

    Comment by katomliz — May 20, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

  6. Oh that lace is lovely. The colour you chose for the cardi is wonderful.

    Comment by Gale — May 20, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

  7. I really like the way your feather and fan sweater looks, it has such eye appeal. I’m really looking forward to seeing it finished.

    Comment by Melanie — May 22, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

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