This ‘n’ that on a Sunday.

It’s county fair time!


Display at the entrance to the fairgrounds.



The classic rock station was broadcasting from there, This was a first.

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In other news, I am trying to decide if the afghan needs to be longer how much longer the afghan needs to be.


Either one or three more rows. One because I am ready for it to be done, or three because I dislike afghans that are not generously sized.


I had to evict Milady from the couch before I could take the afghan photo.

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In other knitting news, my friend Colleen came into this nearly completed sweater and the accompanying yarn. Tragically, the pattern was not included.

I volunteered to try to figure out the stitch pattern.


It seems to be a simple knit-purl combination, but I haven’t sat down with it to figure out the details. Any of you recognize it? I haven’t dug out my Barbara Walker yet to look for it. I started a swatch using a US#4 needle and it seems to be the right size, so I am guessing that the yarn, a luscious single-ply wooly tweed, is fingering weight.

The sweater is a v-neck cardigan. The body of the sweater, knit from the hem to the shoulders in one piece, is done except for a button band. One sleeve, knit in the round, is done to the armhole. The second sleeve is only about 3″ long.

Any of you recognize this sweater pattern? I have searched Ravelry using the following search terms:

  • knitting
  • cardigan
  • bottom-up
  • adult
  • v-neck
  • buttonholes
  • fingering- and sport-weight yarn
  • US#3, 4 and 5 needle

…with no finds. (Oddly, there is no Ravelry option to select raglan vs. set-in vs. dolman sleeves. WTF?) It seems to me that it will be difficult challenging to shape the sleeve cap without a pattern, although perhaps any standard fingering-weight set-in sleeve pattern would work. I suggested that she might want to frog the existing sleeves and instead knit them in stockinette; that would relieve us of trying to duplicate that stitch pattern.

Any help will be appreciated 🙂

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5 Responses to This ‘n’ that on a Sunday.

  1. Go big on the afghan. I’ve never curled up with one and thought it was too much. ( looks great!)

  2. gayle says:

    The ga(y)les agree – go big on the afghan!
    And that’s some luscious yarn ya got there! And a fun puzzle – good luck with the detective work.

  3. Nicole says:

    Unfortunately, I do think you’d be happier with the extra squares on the afghan. I feel your pain, though.

    I don’t recognize anything about the mystery sweater. Many apologies, and I hope you can figure it out!

  4. =Tamar says:

    It looks to me as though the close-up stitch picture is upside down.
    The pattern makes diamonds, with a plain column up the center of each one. The sides expand outward from the bottom stitch of each diamond, and contract inward by decreases for the top of the diamond. It looks as though there may be hidden purl stitches but perhaps that’s just the effect of increasing in the stitch below. You have an incomplete sleeve – I suggest slowly tinking one row, tinking one stitch and recreating it immediately and writing down exactly what maneuver is needed to recreate that stitch, then tinking it again and going to the next one. Since you didn’t get the needles with it, I suggest first picking up the current row, tinking to where it’s all one row of stitches, then tinking-and-describing. Eventually you’ll get the pattern.

  5. Mary Jo says:

    My mother made everyone in the family–kids and grandkids–an afghan. After the first round was completed, we started a second round of long afghans. This really allowed a person to stretch out on a sofa for a nap or wrap up for a snuggle with a good book or movie. I love to knit, but have not made any big people blankets, but I have made a stack of baby blankets for my grandkids. The Michigan babies got some lined with fleece (one was lined so I wouldn’t have to weave in dozens and dozens of ends). My favorite afghans are the ones I purchased from Pottery Barn. All are lined with fleece, but not quite long enough for me. Therefore, I keep two on each sofa. Think about your blanket six feet, lined with fleece, and it’s January. :^)

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