Cable detail on my chunky cable knit sweater

Finished Object: Lia Chunky Cable Knit Sweater

There’s something about knitting a chunky cable knit sweater which just feels so Autumnal. I cast on Lia when there was barely a chill in the air, and now the days are so short and drizzly, it feels amazing to wrap myself in piles and piles of chunky cables.

Handmade grey chunky cable knit sweater

Lia isn’t a new pattern: it’s from a 2010 issue of Knitty. When I was first learning to knit and crochet, I read every back issue of Knitty. It seemed so amazing! Everyone was so skillful. Now I would feel confident attempting… well, at least half of the patterns in every issue, I’m going back and making some of my favourites.

Lia was one of them.

I love the cable detail on the belly, the way it acts as waist shaping. In retrospect, I could have used some more waist shaping. I said the same thing about my Stopover, so I guess I better take that as a lesson learned: the next sweater I knit I’ll add shaping! I did wonder when choosing sizes if I was picking the right one, but thought that an oversized chunky cable knit sweater wouldn’t be a bad thing. And I am pleased with the finished product!

Cable detail on my chunky cable knit sweater

I wore it to work, and to Nerd Nite, and only one person asked if I’d made it. I take that as a good sign, that it looked professional. I don’t have a problem with my hand showing in work. Not many people can make something that’s as perfect as a machine, and that’s okay. But i do want to create work to a high standard, and that’s a sign I succeeded. (The only person that asked if I’d made the jumper was Rabia, who is highly attuned to my crafting, because of the blanket I made her!)

What I’m less happy with is the yarn: it’s pilling already, and the cable details aren’t as crisp as I’d like. Oh well – it’s hardly a tragedy to have a “sloppy” sweater for weekends. And i can take the lessons learned forwards to my next chunky cable knit sweater project!

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Lia Chunky Cable Knit Sweater Notes

  • Pattern: Lia.
  • Yarn: Drops Eskimo.
  • Modifications: knit a smaller size for sleeves, as they seemed too large. In retrospect should have done the same for the body!

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