This is a mini-knitalong because there are just the two of us in it, but the project itself is not mini — not by a long shot. We are making the Aran Wrap Cardigan from the Fall 2008 Vogue Knitting (Design #30 by Angela Hahn):
We both liked how it looked in Vogue, but a photograph of the back we found at Angela’s blog completely sold us on this project (pictures included with Angela’s permission):
Another of the front and how it would look if someone (“Not me,” lamented Susan!) had a waist:
This picture shows the construction:
We both love this! The unusual construction is appealing, but also cause for angst, so we were happy to find Angela’s blog for more photos, construction details, errata and helpful tips. (We recommend making a visit there — after you finish reading here, of course.) She provided a list of yarns to try as an alternative to the very heavy and very pricey yarn that was used for the Vogue version (Trendsetter Journey, 55 yds/50 gm — ~$300). One of her suggestions was Peruvia, which Susan had used to make a Hemlock Ring and Rudy, her stuffed and felted reindeer. It is beautiful yarn — so the quest began! Instead of spending $300, it is more like $80-100. Much better for our price range! (Note: we don’t mind spending money on yarn, but when there is a beautiful yarn that will work as well or better than the original and costs half as much — why not?)
The quest was short: Susan chose Chipotle (#7114) and Sally decided on Bing Cherry (# 7151). You start knitting with the large rectangle. It is about 24×45 (58) inches. It’s a lot of knitting, but you are making the fronts, back, and collar all at once.
The sleeves are picked up and knit down, as is the bottom peplum. It is possible to use the no-cable needle technique for the travelling sts, though it easier to do the Coin Cable and Reversible Ribbed Cable with a cable needle.
Here is our progress so far:
Susan’s Aran Wrap (scanned to show true color);
And to show progress (the actual yarn is not this red — at all!):
Into the third repeat — Susan is making the larger size and will have to do three more repeats of the pattern to complete the large rectangle . The disadvantage of being “The Big One!”
Sally’s Aran Wrap:
Sally’s yarn, which is red, looks less red than Susan’s in this photo. It’s really not as dark as it looks here.
The true color is similar to Manos del Uruguay Color M, also known as Bing Cherry. It’s a deep, rich red flecked with dark. This yarn is also wonderful to knit with. We really wanted to shy away from the recommended yarn because the designer kept saying how heavy it was, and that brought back bad memories for Sally of her Silver Belle.
P.S. from Sally:
My little assistant is visiting (although he returns home to Colorado tomorrow). He still loves his Cats-and-Mice blanket.