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The Start of Something Great

It has begun. The cables. The color. The excitement. It’s all so delicious.

I searched and SEARCHED for my next sweater pattern and just couldn’t decide. I DO want to make this gorgeous lil’ baby (The Nordic Cardigan):

nordic cardigan knitting pattern

…but am waiting on my shipment of cashmere/silk yarn (yes, you heard me…right this red hot minute I’ve got some beautiful, sumptuous cashmere/silk being spun up for us in the mill) to dye up into a similar charcoal shade … and then I’ll attempt it.

But for now I’m creating this gorgeousness.

It’s the Dark and Stormy pattern by Thea Coleman and I am in love with it.

dark and stormy knitted cardigan pattern

Here’s the deal:

•The Cowl Cami I made helped me to realize I could actually make something that fits.

•The Simplest Sweater I made showed me I could make an actual SWEATER, with sleeves and all.

•The Shapely Boyfriend Cardigan proved that I can make a cardigan, with sleeves, with buttons and button holes and a shawl collar.

So here we are… and I’m upping the game again.

•This time we’ve got sleeves. We’ve got buttons and buttonholes. We’ve got a shawl collar. AND…

•We’ve got cables.

dark and stormy knitting cardigan

Oohhhh, yes. Cables. Ugh. They have given me such fits in the past on previous cabled sweater attempts (failed attempts).

But this time I am beyond determined (is that possible?) to finish this sweater and to absolutely LOVE it.

OH! And in case you’re wondering what that black arrow is, I am showing you where a line seems to run horizontal on the sweater. I didn’t want you to worry. It’s just there because I blocked (wetted and pinned to dry overnight) the top part of the sweater, and once dry, I continued knitting down and the bottom part has not been blocked yet. So it makes a line. But it will smooth out once all done and blocked for real.)

I am already wild about it.

I’ve decided to try more difficult sweaters even if they take longer to make because I’d rather have 5 sweaters I absolutely adore and feel amazing in, than 10 that are all just okay and leave me feeling dumpy and “unfabulous.”

So. That is the progress I’ve made so far. It’s slower going of course than the basic stockinette sweaters I’ve been making, but little by little I am making progress. (Oh, BTW, the yarn is my Glass Blue superwash merino worsted, which I will dye up more of just as soon as my dyes arrive in the mail!)

I’ve had a lot of comments on Facebook and my blog saying what a fast knitter I am…I don’t know if it’s so much fast, as I just do a lot of it.

I do knit continental (yarn in left hand), which does make for rather fast ribbing, seed stitch or any other combination of knitting and purling.

But if you’d be interested in my speed knitting tips, do let me know below! I have a couple secrets up my sleeve.

Alrighty…. have a beeee YOU tiful day!


 P.S. Remember that wedding stuff I was desperately asking you about two weeks ago? It’s all done. YAY! Yup, hotel, plane tickets, car rental, wedding coordinator, you name it. And I have plans all layed out for dress-buying, so I am STRESS-FREE! WOO HOO!!! Thought you’d like to know. 😉
P.S.S. I have been using this great iPad app to keep track of my progress on the cable chart: JKnit Pro HD:
best knitting app
Highly recommended. You can keep track of all your projects AND it lets you highlight a row in your chart and double tap when you’ve worked a row to move the highlighted “bar” up one. It’s way cool. It’s a life-saver really.
By | 2017-09-04T14:05:03+00:00 September 8th, 2013|Knitting, Sweaters|29 Comments


  1. Marie September 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I’d love speed-knitting tips. I also knit continental.

  2. Stephanie Gonzalez September 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    You are doing a great job! Reading your blog posts makes me want to tackle cables again

  3. Rhonda September 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I don’t knit continental so really need some speed knitting tips.

  4. andrea September 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I would love speed knitting tips please! I have not as of yet sat down and really tried continental style so I’m not sure if I’m truly a lost cause on that. Lol. But I absolutely love looking at your yarns and plan on getting some once I am employed again (in the middle of joining my husband in Germany!). Hope you have a great day!

  5. virginia September 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    I would love to see tips on speed knitting. Videos would be useful toothe sweater one day.
    , I love your stuff and would love to try

  6. Cindy Widner September 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Awesome blog this week, Chandi!! I’m loving your latest sweater and have thought about making it myself. So…I’m watching your progress! Lol
    Can’t wait to see the finished fabulousness!!
    Great app, by the way! I love it, too.
    Also great news about the wedding plans! Wow!

  7. NadineV September 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    It looks great. You don’t give yourself enough credit. Continental is much faster. Been knitting that way from day one.

  8. Cris September 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I taught myself to knit continental and am working on my speed but am still pretty new to knitting. Only about 6 months or so, love it and try and spend as much time as possible practicing. Would appreciate any tips you have to share, you are so good at it!

  9. Cindi September 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I would love you tips on “knitting faster”and continental knitting!

  10. Sayra September 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Looking good! The yarn color on the sweater example-that steel gray. LOVE! If you ever dye that colorway let me know. I’m a gray fanatic 🙂

  11. Cyndy Beaty September 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Would love some tips to help me knit faster. I haven’t mastered continental yet.

  12. Gabrielle Swain September 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    You have, indeed, inspired me to try garments again. I am almost sold on one shell/cami pattern since that is where you started. Thanks for all the the tips and woes you have shared with us so far.
    The dark and stormy sweater is spectacular. Can’t wait to see it finished.
    Congrats on the wedding plans. I just hosted my number 2 son’s wedding in our backyard. Was going to send you some ideas but looks like you have things well in hand.

  13. Kathryn Houseman Lobert September 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Am apparently just not coordinated enough for continental, so I could definitely use speed tips.

  14. Joyce September 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi, I would love to hear about your tips re fast knitting, I’m currently knitting a cardigan and its taking forever as i am a “thrower” – yarn in right hand, i have tried continental, but i find it very awkward – love your sweaters and they all look stunning on you

  15. Stephanie Hayes September 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    How about those speed knitting tips??? 😀 I’m such a slow knitter and slowly starting to learn how to knit continental.

  16. Corey September 9, 2013 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Would love tips on knitting continental. I learned to crochet first, so having the yarnin my left hand feels much more natural. I am not sure that I hold is properly, though. I especially look and feel awkward when I am purling. I’ve watched your video and still can’t get it! Any other tips would be awesome!

  17. Anne September 9, 2013 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Tips on knitting faster would be great!

  18. Bonnie September 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I’m also a self-taught continental knitter, and I use the Norwegian purl, so I never have to move the yarn to the front. If you can master it, it’s definitely worth it!

  19. Claudia September 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I’m liking the progress of the sweater you are currently knitting. Love the cablework. There is a sweater pattern I have that have cables that I want to knit one of these years.

  20. Wandalea September 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    I too have been searching for the perfect long-sleeved cardigan because after years of mostly hot-weather knits, I’m going to be spending more time on the Oregon Coast where I came from. I call it my “Brookings (Oregon) Sweater.” I finally chose the Jewel Take Me Anywhere Cardigan from Cascade Yarns website. I love this one of yours too & am putting it on my list. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  21. Nina Houghton September 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Hi, Chandi;
    I love your website. In fact, I’ve come to think of you as a friend. I look forward to your posts, and have stopped buying yarn anywhere else because your yarn is amazing – and the colors are so rich and beautiful, I can hardly stand it! I am excitedly watching your progress on this sweater. I love the look of cables, but they can be a pain. I don’t knit continental except when I’m knitting fairisle (my absolute favorite way to knit other than the linen stitch, which is amazing). I am considering teaching myself how to knit continental, except I don’t know how to purl. I would love some of your tips. I’m so glad you shared your engagement with all of us – your knitting family. We can’t wait for the wedding! Have an incredibly wondrous and beautiful day, amico mio (my friend in Italian). Ciao!

  22. Christy September 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Omg I’m getting this app thank you

  23. DeAnna September 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Do you know if something like this is available for Crochet?

  24. Connie Hart September 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I would love your fast knitting tips. I
    laid down my knitting needles several years ago to take care of my mother.She passed away recently and i need all the help i can get to get back to knitting. You do beautiful work.

  25. Helen Capozzi September 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi, I have ordered the book but was wondering how long before I it would take before i get it.. Just wanted to start reading it. And how do I know how much yarn I need for the yarn you have the pattern usually just say how many of yarn for each project like a scarf uses two or three skeins ,is that the same for your yarn

  26. Teloa Volkman September 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I would love some tips to speed up my knitting! I watch a woman in our knitting group that is a continental knitter – she knits so fast. I’ve thought of trying. I’m a very slow knitter and therefore frustrated because I don’t have enough time to finish my projects! Throwing is what I saw growing up – that’s how my Mom knit. I am a lefty so I didn’t learn until I was an adult. I’ve adapted and knit right handed.

  27. Debi September 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I would love some speed knitting tips!

  28. Felicia September 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I would seriously like to see how you do it. I am working on a sweater with knit 4, purl 5 ribbing and my thumb doesn’t seem to like it. Lol.

  29. Christina Tinkelenberg Williamson September 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    What portable loom did you getf? I had a girlfriend in college and her loom took up the major part of her family room and she had to decorate around it. She did a great job of it though; basically creating a room for all kinds of art work to be done. I would like to try weaving; because the pieces she made me got so many compliments. I am going to look into the KNITPOINT PORTAL, JKnit Pro. HD Now I am using a pattern charting program from “The knitting daily”
    which I understand it a TV show. I just asked my husband to see if he will add it to our Cable Network. But Ted is a big fisherman and most our shows are fishing. Did you mention teaching crochet at one point? I am taking a knitting class online and seem to like it better than attending classes where they primarily chat and not teach. I was wondering about taking a crochet class online. Katie had her baby, Clark Thomas Loodeen. They are doing great and her father is driving up here to MI from Washington, DC today to spend the weekend. Everyone is healthy. I will try to send a picture. Take care.
    Happy Knitting 🙂 Love, Tina P.S. I am so glad your wedding is all planned.
    (Oh, my name may be Christina but all my friends call me Tina. Please call me Tina)

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