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The Gable Sweater

I’ve still got a lot of things I want to talk about (at least it feels like it), so today I’ll talk about my Gable sweater.


I’m not entirely sure where to begin on this. Everything was smooth sailing until I got to the yoke and then the neck shaping. I had to make up a lot of it because the pattern was either wrong, didn’t explain something fully, or looked nothing like the original. I was both frustrated and sad about the whole thing. When I went on vacation I intentionally left it home because it got too heavy for me to want to carry around anywhere and because I was feeling at my wits end with the damn thing after all the issues I encountered. I needed a break from it and I was glad to have it. When I took the break, I was just past the neck shaping.

When I got back from vacation, I was feeling like the thing might be too long for me, so I tried it on. This is what I saw in the mirror:

Time to rip

Insert swearing here.

It’s too long. It comes past my butt and down my thigh 2″. If I were tall, I’m sure it would look fine, but at 5’4″ it’s just not working. I think it makes me look shorter (and in this particular picture, plumper!). I had made the decision to add an extra repeat to the body because it looked too short. Everything was fine with the extra repeat being there until I added the yoke. What I failed to consider when I added the extra repeat was the weight of such a bulky sweater. The weigh pulls the sweater down! As soon as I put it on I knew the extra repeat would have to be taken out if I’d ever wear this sweater. I could just finish it, but why finish something you won’t ever wear? I’d rather do the yoke and neck shaping over and have something I want to wear when I’m done.

The up side to having done the yoke and neck shaping already is that I took a lot of notes on how to “fix” it. I even have another change I want to make. I think that in the end, I’ll be happy with the sweater, but first I need to rip back down to the body and take out that extra repeat. I don’t have my notes in front of me, but I will blog my changes/fixes once I’m done with the sweater (or if you want them, you can email me or leave a comment and I can get them to you). That may be a while, though, because I’m currently working on a test knit that is taking up most of my knitting time right now. I really love how it’s turning out, though! More on that in the next post :o)


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

5 thoughts on “The Gable Sweater

  1. Aww, muffin!
    I’m sorry it’s too long on you. I actually really like that length, but I also totally understand the height issue, where every inch counts!
    I think I’d like to make the Gable Sweater as well, so I am really glad you are posting all your trials. It’ll make it easier for the rest of us.
    Good Luck!

  2. I think you made the right decision, which is seldom the easy one. I am glad that you will be posting your fixes so that the rest of us can benefit from your experience. Good luck on the test knit and on the Gable Sweater when you get back to it!

  3. Aww. That’s so sad that it is a little long looking. Can you pull out the cast on and knit back down instead of frogging the whole thing?

  4. I am currently working on this sweater and have taken the yoke apart 8 times and I’m still stuck. If you could send me your modifications I would greatly appreciate it.

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