Lorelei's first Aran

Yarn: Cleckheaton 8-ply
Gauge: 5.5st = 1”
7.5 rows = 1” over stockinette stitch
Status: Done!

This will be a top-down Aran cardigan for baby niece Lorelei, either Christmas or her birthday in November. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get good contrast in photos with red yarn. Trust me, it will look fabulous. What you’re looking at with this first photo is shoulder straps and a few inches of back.

The pattern is starting to show up nicely. Cables used:
4-rib braid
2/2 cable
Oxox cable
Trellis moss diamonds

I get most of my cables from Barbara Walker’s fine trio of Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

The first sleeve went really fast. Of course, I still have to rib the cuff. The OXOX cable is extended from the shoulder strap down the sleeve. Sleeve decreases are worked at the edge where the 4-rib braid meets the moss stitch. This preserves the integrity of the moss stitch and produces a more natural sleeve shape than decreasing along the bottom edge of the sleeve.

Now this sweater is really starting to look magnificent, if I say so myself. A design feature: the OXOX cable down the front has buttonholes tucked in the “hole” of the O’s, for an integrated front button band.

If you notice the color changes among the various views of this sweater in its progress, it’s because I’m struggling with my digital camera and Photoshop to demonstrate the true red of this sweater.

This beautiful sweater is complete and meets all my expectations and hopes. My only regret is I can’t show just how fabulous the red color really is. On my computer it looks too orange. The yarn is more of a true red.

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