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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Portland Lobster, FO



Pattern: Portland, by Lisa Lloyd, A Fine Fleece
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, color Lobster Mix
Needles: Knitpicks options, size 5 and 7

Started June 19, 2008, Finished August 20, 2008

This is my second project in Ultra Alpaca, and I enjoyed knitting with it. It especially slid nicely on the Knitpicks Options needles. I was worried the halo would detract from the cables, but in the preblocked stage, they stand out just fine. I really loved this colorway.

The pattern was easy to follow and once I figured out there is one 4 stitch cable in the central portion that crosses in front, the cables were a lot of fun. I may need to redo the neck as it just fits over my head and doesn't stretch enough. My failure to get serious about a gauge swatch may be the culprit. I only knit a stockinette stitch swatch, and cables pull in. I have some fears this will not fit the intended recipient, but perhaps blocking will help.

9 comments:

bockstark.knits said...

Very nice and yes, blocking does help!!! :) Hope it fits!

Beverly said...

Lovely sweater and blocking will allow a little more give. Your bags from the previous post are cute.

Aim said...

Oooh, that's very very nice. Love all the cables...so pretty, Acornbud!

Opal said...

It's gorgeous. I want to squish it. :-)

k-brow said...

So pretty! I want to knit it! Yum. Sorry I missed you. I didn't get ur message til nearly 9. Did you come down? Knit night was unremarkable. Nice to see all after my longish absence.

dropstitchknitter said...

It's gorgeous! I hope the neckline works out for you.

debbie said...

portland looks gorgeous - love the cables!

Rachel said...

Hope it fits! I've been eyeing that pattern ever since you started knitting it. Thanks for the nice cable pictures!

KnitPastis said...

Beautiful! My favorite part is the neckline and the top of the sleeves! You are so darn good at knitting sweaters. Ahhh, wished I had a sweater on the needles for this coming Fall. xoxo