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I have been working on this Urban Aran Cardigan/Jacket for a long time, off and on since last spring. Gauge problems, a badly placed cable pattern, warm weather, and various other distractions caused me to set it aside several times. So what should have been a quick knit turned into a ridiculously long-term project! Once the Christmas knitting was done, I was itching to get some selfish knitting done, so I decided to wrap this up. Since I picked it back up last week, it's been going pretty fast. The fact that most of it was knit twice (see above re: gauge issues and badly placed cables...) meant that by the time I got going again, I hardly had to look at the chart; I think I got the left front done in about 24 hours.
In fact, if I would stop putzing around on the computer and get back to the knitting, I'd have the collar done and the sweater ready for a good soak yet this evening. All that's left after that is the zipper...and therein lies the problem. I really want to install a 2-way separating zipper, just like Jared Flood did in his version of this sweater. Last time I checked at Joann's, though, 2-way zippers only come ready-made in a few lengths, starting at 26", which is considerably longer than I would need. I'll have to custom-order one or find one online in the length I need, probably 22-23", depending on how much or even if the sweater grows after blocking. The impatient side of me is tempted to get a regular separating zipper so I can have a new sweater sooner, but I think the 2-way zipper would be a lot spiffier. I suppose it's worth the wait.
14 hours ago