That’s technically not the title of the project I’m working on, but if you were to look in my copy of Jane Austen Knits 2011, that’s exactly what you’d see. My husband drew a neat little line through the name “Frederick” and added his own.
I haven’t worked on this sweater in months. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it. I just ended up really busy this year making things for other people. As I mentioned in an early post, I’ve finally hit a lull, which inspired me to pull this WIP down off the shelf.
I’m so glad I did, too. I love cabling. I think it’s one of my favorite knitting techniques. An Aran for Frederick has these gorgeous, intricate, twisting cables that wind their way all the way up the body of the sweater. Even the sleeves are covered in cables.
My experience with cables before this was fairly limited. A couple years ago, in a failed attempt to get into knitting, I knit my aunt a cabled scarf and then tried to knit a cable blanket. The cables in both of these were 5×5, which is pretty big, at least for me. I’ve done a couple other projects with cables, but those were also very basic and fairly large cables. The sweater I’m knitting now has very small cables, which I think are not only faster but also easier.
Speaking of faster, there’s one tip in the notes section of this pattern that really has made the whole project much easier, and it’s the first tip. “Cabling without a cable needle is brilliant.” I remember setting the magazine down and thinking, “How on earth do you knit cables with out a cable needle?” It’s so easy!
And voilà! The sweater suddenly became easier and faster to knit.
I’m now a couple inches shy of finishing the main body. Next are the sleeves. As this is my very first sweater, I’m a little nervous about this next part, but I’m ready to get started. I should finish the body either tonight or early tomorrow. I’m excited to see how much I can finish this weekend. With some work, I might just get this sweater done before the yarn arrives for my last two deadline projects.
Are you ready for the weekend? What projects will you be working on?