FO: Abalone

The first finished object from February! Abalone, a shrug-like cardigan. Originally the pattern was written as a bottom-up pattern. But me being me, I reversed it and made it top-down. I blogged about this already – including the rather unfortunate mistake which was thankfully easily rectified. It still needs blocking, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

I used some yarn which I’ve had in stash for some time. I purchased the Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica back in 2009. It got knitted up into a jumper (Ski Lodge Scoop). Then I lost weight, that jumper became too big, so it got frogged and this has been waiting to be reknitted for some time. It is fabulous yarn, and has stood up to being knitted, worn, frogged and reknitted really well. Quite an economical purchase in some respects! I was also able to spit-splice the separate balls of yarn back together, so there were not too many ends to sew in.

From my Ravelry Project Page – My Modifications and Notes


  • Knitting this top down.
  • Adding set-in sleeves (using top down short row sleeve method).
  • Switched to 5.5mm needles – fabric looks better at that tension.

Fronts: Provisionally cast on 15 stitches, knitted in stockinette, slipping 1st stitch for 7.5”. Then increased 1 stitch on one side only three times on right on knit rows only. 18 stitches total. Repeated for left front, increasing on left-hand side. Slipped live stitches on holder.

Back: Unpicked provisional cast on left front, knitted across 15 stitches. Using backwards loop cast on, add 28 stitches. Unpick provisional cast on right front, knit across the 15 stitches. 68 stitches total. After 7.5 inches, increase 1 stitch on each knit row at each end 3 times. Purl back and turn work to RS. New total 74 stitches.

Body: With RS facing, knit across back, at end backwards loop cast on 2 stitches then knit across right front. Turn work (WS facing), purl across to opposite end of back piece. Backwards loop cast on 2 stitches, then purl across left front. 78+18+18 stitches = 114 stitches. Work in stockinette until work measures 12” from underarm.

Shaping: Follow shaping only on RS rows (sl1, ssk, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1) (WS, sl1, p to end), decreasing 2 each RS row, repeated this several times, then switched to decreasing on both knit and purl rows once at each row end (RS: sl1, ssk, k to last 3, k2tog, k1, WS: sl1, p2tog, p to last 3, p2tog, p1). After a few more switched to decreasing twice (RS: sl1, ssk twice , k to last 5, k2tog twice, k1, WS: sl1, p2tog twice, p to last 5, p2tog twice, p1). 42 stitches left.

Edging: Knitted across live stitches at base, pick up 1 stitch in each slipped stitch and across collar. Continue with edging as written in pattern. 8 ridges, used decrease bind off.

Sleeves: 55 stitches picked up, start with 15 stitches centred at sleeve top, work short rows back and forth until all sleeve stitches are included. Edging as pattern, decrease bind off. Repeat twice.

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