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Carbeth Pullover

June 05, 2018 9 Comments

Carbeth Pullover

I did not mind one bit that it was only 44 degrees here in Maine because it was the perfect excuse to wear my newly finished Carbeth Pullover! 

Mind you, it was 84 degrees and I went swimming on Friday when I finished it, but that's ok.

I started my Carbeth on May 20th and finished on June 2nd and that includes a couple of days where I didn't even knit at all. Seriously, bulky sweaters are the way to go!

I really enjoyed everything about this knit. I don't have a lot of experience with bottom up sweaters,  and I have to say I really like it! It's a nice change to get the slow parts of the sweater (the arms and body) done first when excitement is high. The only set back is not being able to try on the sweater as you go, but for a nice simple pullover like Carbeth, it really didn't matter. 

I chose to use Everyday DK in the colorway Purple Rain for my sweater and I absolutely love the way it worked up. The pattern was written for Dk weight yarn held double, which creates an absolutely fantastic fabric and especially nice color definition. 

Normally when knitting a sweater I work with two skeins at a time alternating rows to avoid color banding. Since this sweater is held double, I started out using both ends of one yarn cake, then about halfway through the first skein, I added a seconds skein and dropped the center pull of the original skein. This allowed me to stager skeins throughout the whole project, I just attached a new skein when one side ran out. That also turned out to be a great idea for finishing since I only had to sew in a single strand instead of a double.

For this sweater I knit the 4th size, which I am assuming is a large, (it isn't worded that way in the pattern). I think a medium would have been a better size choice for me, but whenever I read "positive ease" on a sweater I get crazy and size up. Really I'm in between a medium and a large for measurements so it's always a crapshoot on which way to go. Frankly, I'd rather my sweater be too big than too small. 

I did make a couple modifications to this design, for example I decided to knit the body to 15" so that it wasn't cropped at all. I also added 2" to each sleeve so that I could roll up the cuffs and still have full length sleeves. I think these changes made the oversized sweater work, and I certainly won't have a problem with it once winter rolls around. I do wish that I had skipped the decrease round before putting in the ribbing since I prefer a really big neck on my turtlenecks. The neck in the design is ok, but it does give me that claustrophobic feeling every now and again. I ended up using 7 and a half skeins of yarn for my finished sweater and swatch. 

I am strongly considering banging out another Carbeth using the 3rd size and sticking to the original designs measurements. IF I do, I'll use the second sweater for my shop sample because I am way to in love with this one to not keep it as a part of my everyday wardrobe. 

What color would you recommend I knit a second Carbeth in? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

You can find the Carbeth pattern here

Also check out the Carbeth Cardigan here.

or the Carbeth Swan Dance here.

Shop Everyday DK Yarn here. 

 

 

 




9 Responses

MARGE LASKOWSKI
MARGE LASKOWSKI

July 19, 2018

Thanks for all your comments, especially knitting strands from inside and outside the yarn cake and decreases on the neck. Making mine a little longer too. Getting ready to start mine with Specked Time Traveler!

Angel
Angel

June 13, 2018

Block it again with a plate in the turtleneck as Kate did. That would cure the too close feel and give it the stand alone shape but unfortunately will also catch every small stray winter breeze and send it down your back.

carol
carol

June 13, 2018

Lovely job on the carbeth sweater, I especially like the color yarn you used.

New England Knitter
New England Knitter

June 06, 2018

Your Carbeth is lovely! I’d love to see your next one knit up in either: Halogram, Oxidize or Robin’s Egg. I couldn’t decide between those beautiful colorways. =)

doris
doris

June 06, 2018

makes me wish i was a knitter

Karla Hartzell
Karla Hartzell

June 06, 2018

Suggestions for shop sample… most eye catching colors are in the hot color range ( orange , red… colors that say stop or danger – etc. )
Most collectible colors are in the cooler range ( turquoise, purple wardrobe neutrals like tan or camel ) These appeal to peoples sense of universal abundance. and don’t forget everyone has personal favorites! My suggestion for the shop is go with something you love since this is your second time through!

Carrie
Carrie

June 06, 2018

I’m almost done with my Carbeth cardigan in a lovely teal Aran held together with a sock-weight teal to get gauge. I’m loving it, but it’s my first adul sweater in 30 yrs so am taking it slow. I also made mine longer but no other mods. I vote for a cardi in A Nice Chianti. Soooo rich.

Rosa
Rosa

June 06, 2018

Love it! DK doubled would be super heavy for Florida. Do you think it would be too difficult to adapt the pattern to a lighter yarn?

Heidi
Heidi

June 05, 2018

Rachel!!!!! I love it! The added length is perfect!!! Now I want to make one!

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