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Dear Kay and Ann,

Pirate helping out. Really she is keeping warm next to the chimney, but she does love yarn.

Next, I extended the center chart (the 28 stitches marked) plus 10 to the right and 9 to the left for a total of 47 sts. Now they will keep going down the front.

Cables squeeze in the fabric, so I added 5 increases in the front each side of the cables. I added them right after I split for the front, back and sleeves.

To recap: For my Bang Out a Sweater project, I’m using the Elaine’s Capelet cable to knit a cropped version of the Liberty Tree Pullover. My bust measures 43″ and I like a bit of ease, so I’m making the fourth size. My yarn is Julie Asselin Hektos in Sherwood. It’s a gorgeous green with an undercurrent of rust and is SUCH a pleasure to knit.



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  • OK, I’m thinking this would be great for the dog-sweater version I’m plotting. Wouldn’t it be cute with cables going all the way down the back?

    • In the immortal words of Iggy Pop, yes, I wanna be your dog!

    • Absolutely! Norah’s modification is brilliant.

  • Is there a rule of thumb for how much adding cables draws a fabric in? Why did you choose to add 5 (not 4 or 6) stitches on each side, in other words?

  • Ditto Susan’s question. As for When to do the increases I love Norah’s method since it works with my body type. Also I love the name Pirate for a cat.

  • This modification has inspired me! I’m just starting the center cable section separate from the yoke. Keep posting, I’m 2 inches behind you.

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