We’re delighted to be hosting our very own Rosemont Cardigan Knit-A-Long on the Kelbourne Woolens Blog. The Rosemont Cardigan, by Hannah Fettig, features Terra in Nettle and is a great way to stay warm during the last few months of winter.
With our yarn acquired, pattern printed out, and gauge swatch completed, we’re ready to cast-on for our Rosemont Cardigan!
Cast-ons may vary depending on a) what is recommended in the directions and b) the knitter’s preferred cast-on method. A great resource is New Stitch a Day, an online database of both knit and crochet stitch patterns, that also features an extensive cast-on library filled with informative videos. Along the same line, Knitbot, Ysolda and Webs offer video tutorials of cast-ons that are worth checking out. The Rosemont Cardigan does not specify a certain cast-on, so we used a Long-Tail Cast On.
When working a top-down raglan construction like the Rosemont Cardigan, increases are worked to shape the yoke, body and sleeves. In this case, Hannah uses a make one increase.
The make one ads a stitch by using the bar between two stitches in the row below and knitting it through the back loop. When I first started knitting, I thought there was only one type of make one increase. In fact, make ones have a directional slant which can be referred to as a “make one right” for right slanting increases, or “make one left”, for left slanting increases. Using the m1R and m1L together creates mirrored increases that produce a really clean and professional looking end result. Hannah covered this topic in an informational video a couple months back and it goes a little more in-depth into the differences and methods for each:
Next week we’ll be discussing raglan depth, placing stitches on holders and keep your eyes out for a fun Rosemont Cardigan freebie!
We love seeing your progress with the Rosemont Cardigan, so don’t forget to tag your photos and updates with the #RosemontKAL hashtag.
For more information about the Rosemont knit-a-long, head on over to our Ravelry group here!
For more information regarding Knitbot patterns head on over to her website here.
3 thoughts on “Rosemont KAL Week 2: Getting Started”
I wish I had the yarn and time to participate this time around! I can’t wait to make a Rosemont of my own. I typically use a cable cast-on for top-down garments so the neck doesn’t stretch with wear.
I’m having trouble with the beginning of this pattern, figuring out how to proceed with the order of the increase rows (neck increases, raglan increases, sleeve & back only, sleeve & body). Do I start with the four-row sleeve & back/sleeve & body repeat (where it says Row 1, Row 2…) and interject the raglan and neck increases as necessary as I go? Or do I simply knit all the raglan and neck increases first before moving onto the four-row pattern repeat? I’m new to knitting garments without charts so I apologize for my confusion, but I know others have expressed similar feelings on the Ravelry discussion board. Are you going to show more about dissecting this part of the pattern?
I also am confused with the beginning of the pattern. When exactly do we start the 4 row sequence of Sleeve and Back only increases. Do we finish the neck and raglan increases first and then move on to the Sleeve/back, sleeve/body?