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July 20, 2007

From Susan — Kauni Kontinues

Filed under: Susan's Kauni Cardigan — lv2knit @ 7:46 am

Happy Friday, Everyone!  My knitting is limping along.  I am loving my Kauni knitting: very soothing because it is mindless (and yes, I AM paying attention at the transitions points ;)). 

I am two squares past the armhole steek:


I did pull the trigger on a decision about length.  I placed 8 sts on a holder (yarn) and then decreased 2 sts on each side over the next few rounds to taper the opening slightly.  Twelve sts total are gone on each armhole.  This means the armhole depth can be slightly shorter because you gain ~2 inches across the bottom of the sleeve opening — this will add ~2 inches to the sleeve width as well. I also planned it so the shoulders will fall in the center of a square so double squares do not line up along the shoulder line.  That will make sense when I get there. 

Re: the neckline — I have not decided on a neck, but am leaning toward a square neckline.  I will knit to the shoulders and cut out the “offending section” afterward.  That way no pre-planning is involved and the colors will end where I want them to.  If I steeked the neck opening, the color transitions would get longer from that point to the shoulders.  Many Norwegian patterns are knit this way: they often just knit to the shoulders and cut away the neckline.  I will use the garter check around the neckline.

I am hoping to get something done with this over the weekend.  I have 2-3 projects singing their siren song and am anxious to move along to the next ;).  Unfortunately, two of those projects could be classified as summer knitting — my timing is WAY off!!



  1. Susan- Wow, you’ve got alot done.
    I’m not thrilled with the deep neckline in the pattern, so
    I may adjust it.

    Or I may visit the frog pond.

    Comment by Lorraine — July 20, 2007 @ 8:06 am

  2. the square neck idea is nothing short of brilliant and appropriate, what with all the square motifs in the pattern!
    if it’s OK with you, I think I’ll incorporate it in my second Kauni (in ER & ED)once I get back into it – just too too warm right now to put it back on the lap –

    thanks so much!

    Comment by Margaret — July 20, 2007 @ 8:15 am

  3. I can’t believe how you work these things out it’s brilliant. I am trying to get away from being a blind knitter, so many times I think of things too late or follow the pattern and realise that it wasn’t the best way to do things. Your site helps me so much, thanks for all the detail and explanations.

    Comment by Mindie — July 20, 2007 @ 8:38 am

  4. Good grief you’re good!

    Comment by Michelle — July 20, 2007 @ 10:08 am

  5. Your idea of what mindless knitting and mine is totally different!You and your sis are amazing!

    Comment by katomliz — July 20, 2007 @ 10:12 am

  6. OMG. That is SO BEAUTIFUL! :drool:

    Comment by Romi — July 20, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

  7. Mindless…Says you! It’s brilliant!

    Comment by Carol — July 20, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

  8. I’m sailing along up to the neck and loving the project. I used your checkered bottom and did the squares in the main sweater in garter as well. Now… how are you planning to do the checks for the square neckline? This little copycat wants to know! Thanks for your blog and your innovations.

    Comment by Leslie — July 20, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

  9. It looks great! Inspiring… I really like the checkered bottom. I can’t wait to get started on mine…

    Comment by Viktoria — July 26, 2007 @ 4:54 am

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