Merry Sweater-mas

My last post sounded pretty dismal. It was the end of November and I had nearly finished my #NaKniSweMo2015 sweater when one of my cats suddenly had to go to the emergency vet.

I didn’t make the November 30 deadline. But, as many of you assured me in the comments, I wasn’t a complete failure. An 80,000 stitch sweater is quite a feat to knit in one month and I shouldn’t devalue that effort. I’ve never knitted a sweater quite that quickly before. Now I know that I can. I’ll definitely try again next year for #NaKniSweMo2016.

I finished seaming the sweater last week. I enjoy seaming saddle shoulder sweaters. So much easier to get it right than with a set-in sleeve. More straight lines.

Thank goodness, with all that rigmarole, it still fits.

My husband tried the sweater on for me so I could take a few photos before wrapping it up for Christmas. I admonished him to “smile like you’re enjoying this” and he obliged me gamely.

For those of you interested in the vital stats:

Pattern: Denali by Norah Gaughan

Yarn: Studio Donegal Soft Donegal in the Turquoise colorway. I used approximately 8 skeins. I almost always seem to use less yarn than the pattern calls for. I had estimated I would need more like 9 skeins.

Needles: US 4, 5 and 6

Dates: November 1 – December 17, 2015

The pattern was very straightforward and the cables were remarkably un-fiddly. Cable crosses only came every 8 rows or so. Lots of easy knitting spiced with only occasional rows requiring my full attention.




  1. Given the fact that it takes me months upon months to knit sweaters, even baby/child sweaters, the fact that it took you just six weeks…….yeah, you did good 🙂

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