Wednesday, October 24, 2007

a tip

Hi everyone, I'm a lifelong knitter from Lexington MA and I'm absolutely loving this pattern. One tip for those who haven't yet taken off the center neck stitches: Eunny says to place them on a holder, but I found this really tricky when trying to continue to knit across the gap. Instead I put the center stitches on a loop of yarn and just pushed them inward, allowing me to knit across the gap comfortably without having to get around a cumbersome metal holder.

I'm now on the sleeves and things are humming along. Good luck to all!


Hello from France,

I am a french knitter and I fell in love with the pattern Autumn Rose on Eunny Jang's blog.

I am actually waiting for the yarn and the book.
I am so excited!

I love fair-isle and it will be my first KAL.

I will give news when the yarn will arrive.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Progress Report

It occurs to me that I haven't shown a progress photo in a while.

So, here we go. The body and both sleeves all on one needle, with raglan shaping in progress.

It's all looking very nice. I just hope it fits when it's done!


Friday, October 19, 2007


No, I haven't finished but I do have a rather basic question. What is your preferred method of blocking for fair-isle knitting and why?

I wet-block everything. Even lace (shhhhhhh). I really want to make sure that my knitting is clean and I just don't trust my iron around my knits. Period. My logic is that the animal in question never went near a hot iron, its hair (or silk) was never intended to go near a hot iron, and I have put far to much work and effort into knitting whatever it is I have just knit to potentially damage it with an iron.

How about you?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hi everyone!

Hi! I'm Bea and I have been working on finding the perfect for me color combo for Autumn Rose. This
September Pictures 136
is what I have so far, but I think I'm going to rip back to the cuff and replace the white with dark grey. I just received a shipment of some new colors from Two Swans Yarn, and I'm going to incorporate some blues and purply pinks in the medallion area. I'm really excited to be a part of this group and I look forward to seeing lots of other Autumn Roses!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Weaving in ends

For those of you not looking forward to weaving, I came across this while researching another (non fair-isle) project. Sorry, still getting the hang of blogging protocol so I hope she won't be offended by linking her post here. Happy knitting.

Monday, October 8, 2007


Thanks for all the nice comments. I was so excited that the sweater was done that I forgot to mention the details. I used the suggested yarn and a 3.25 mm needle. I knit smallest size and my only modifications were to the neckline.

I wanted something not quite so plunging so I started the neck shaping 18 rows later than written. I didn't change the shaping, just the starting point. The way it worked out I started my neck steek at the same time I attached the sleeves. Because I had fewer neck stitches I picked up 232 stitches for the neckband. It seems to lay pretty flat, thank the knitting goddess.

Once the weather returns to normal and cools down, I'll take some more pictures. 30 degrees C is too hot to wear a fair isle wool sweater for long, though it does give insight to where the term "sweater" comes from.


... but not yet blocked. I'm really happy with how this came out.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

OK, another newbie question

Thanks for the help with my last question! I totally get the yarn dominance thing now. But... now I have another question (you'll never get rid of me now, he he).

I've finished the ribbing and am on the first row that uses two colors of black and old gold. My question: Is the medallion pattern supposed to work out evenly over the seams? I'm knitting the smallest size and I ended up about 1/4 way through a medallion at the side seam. How is that going to work out properly? Am I missing something here?


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Am I thinking about this right??

Hi everybody! I just got my kit yesterday and cast on for my swatch tonight. I'm so excited about this sweater.

However, I do have a question. I'm not very experienced in fair isle knitting, but I have heard that if you hold a strand in each hand (like I do) you have to worry about which hand has the "dominant" yarn (I think that's the right term). While knitting my swatch, I'm just taking whatever color is first up in the row in the right hand and the second color in the left hand, but I'm pretty sure this isn't the right way to do it.

Sooo... on to my question! I can't tell from the chart which colors are supposed to be dominant in each row. Is there any way to tell? Does this even matter?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Hello Fellow Knitters!

I just wanted to drop a line and introduce myself. I got my kit on Saturday and started one sleeve and while it is too early to check my row gauge, my stitch gauge seems fine. I am using bamboo needles because they were the only needles I had that were the right size. Gotta say, not a fan. So it's off the LYS to pick up yet another set of metal needles. I am trying to maintain my discipline as I also received a ton of supplies for my Christmas knitting and while I hope everyone will appreciate MY Autumn Rose, they probably want their gifts more. In the mean time, I will keep watching all of you lovely people and your lovely sweaters.
Leah M

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Almost sweater-looking

I am now at the point that I can attach my finished sleeves to my sweater. I'm going to try to force myself to tuck in the ends in my sleeves before I start knitting everything together. Since I'm also making the neckline higher, I'm about to start knitting my steeks.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Pattern Errata

Hi all!

Just in case you're on auto pilot and are casting on for the sleeves, there is an error in the pattern. You should be using US2's for the sleeves, not US3's as the pattern calls for.

Knit on :)