Monday, October 29, 2007


I have been happily knitting away since I returned from London & suddenly realized that I've made an error. I'm going to have to undo like 8 rows! I'm not happy.

BUT, looking closer at other's photos, my cables are not the same as others. I do not have a lot of experience knitting cables but I do know how to do them & I do know how to read the patterns for them so I'm not sure if I've done something wrong or if others have decided to do their cables differently.

I'm referring to the Panel B cables. My cables look like they are twisted. I actually love the look of it & was very happy with it. Unfortunately I was not reading the pattern correctly for the last 8 rows & for 3-st LPC I was only cabling one stitch instead of 2 stitches. Therefore I have to undo the last 8 rows :(

But why do my cables look different to everyone else's, i.e. twisted, not smooth like the Panel C cables? Have I totally screwed up the whole thing? I'm going to keep doing it because I like it but just thought I would ask to see if anyone could explain why my cables look different. Thanks.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Silver Belle Look-a-like

I'm home from my trip, for a few days before heading off to Shanghai. Didn't get as much done on the planes as I was hoping because flying through Europe, they don't allow knitting needles! I had to check-in my carry on so that they wouldn't take them away from me!

My next trip I should be able to continue knitting, thank goodness. My knitting is looking good. I have almost finished the bottom peplum and I have half a sleeve.

Anyway, I was looking through the newspaper ads & noticed that Kohls is having a sale & right on the front cover is a cardigan that is definitely a ready-to-wear version of the Silver Belle! It has the 3 buttons though instead of the 2. I may have to go to Kohls just to check it out a little closer.

Of course, the knitted Silver Belle is the most beautiful as it has lots of texture but I thought it was interesting. Obvioiusly this is the thing to have for the upcoming winter season!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Silver or Caramel Belle Cast on pics

My cast on pictures of my silver belle! After writing out the pattern, I realised that, on the sleeve, anyway, it's on a 20 st loop. Easy, you'd think. Wrong, you'd be. For some reason, I have had to unpick a fair few times. Luckily, it's quite easy to pick up.

The cabling I've found ok. Apart from the fact that I talk like Popeye a lot of the time, with it gripped between my lips.. although I expect that Popeye didn't say stuff like "go and get your pjs on please" and "watch out the cat needs to go out". Maybe he did.

I'm knitting the sleeves on straights. Just because I thought it would be easier. I do grapple a bit with circs. The yarn, well I love the colour, but I'm not sure about the texture, it's a bit stiff, not cosy enough for me.I'm using Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran. I'll reassess at the end.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Help with sizing please!

Dear Silver Bellers

OK, my yarn has arrived and I'm all ready to go. BUT, I don't know what size to make, medium or large. My bust is ample, granted, but can any of you knitted up silver belles please measure if you have made a medium or a large and tell me what the finished measurement around the fullest part of the bust is on these sizes please? I know the pattern says knitted measurements, but if that's the case I may have to do some jigging as I don't want the bust to fit and the rest to swamp me! The knitted measurements are too small for my bazookas!

Help please!

Love from an eager and ready to go Silver Beller

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'm new, but have a peplum already!

Hello all, I'm glad to have found this KAL as I was flagging in my efforts to finish this sweater in time for the winter weather. I'm using color 300205 (kinda cornflower blue) cashmerino aran. The peplum went surprisingly quickly (will have photo posted when my camera battery is recharged), but I took an ill-advised 2 week break before starting the sleeves. My excuse is that I had to type out the pattern panels. Now that's done I'm going to cast on the first sleeve this week. I'm planning to wear it for Thanksgiving, I hope I can make it with the help of this KAL.

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Member

Hi Everyone!
I just joined the KAL after seeing some completed Silver Belles on Ravelry. I've had the pattern in my queue for awhile. I've wanted to make the cardigan ever since I saw it in Vogue Knitting. But I thought it was probably way beyond my capablility!

I'm glad to see other people's results, encouragement, and tips!

I'm waiting on my yarn to get here. I ordered if from Knit Picks last week. I'm going to use Swish Superwash in Jade. I ordered an extra ball because I've seen posted that several people have run out. Now I'm worried that I still didn't order enough because I want to lengthen my Silver Bell, as well.

Last night I worked through all the lines of the peplum typing it out line by line since with all those charts I figured I'd get really confused. I still need to do that for the sleeves.

It looks like some people started with the sleeves and yoke first to get an idea of how long to make the peplum so now I have to decide if I want to do that too. Any thoughts about which is better? Peplum first or sleeves and yoke first?

Saturday, October 13, 2007



It's finished same time ago but could not post pic in here because there were no buttons til today. ;)

I'm happy with it. It's most beautiful cardy I ever made!
There is also sideview in my blog.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

So far....

Hello all! I am excited to share with you the progress of my belle "brown belle' as I call it, casted on just over a week ago. I have been following the progress of everybody's belle and was really interested to see how sizewise, the small one turns out to be. I decided to knit a modified "extra small" version with two less pattern repeats on the peplum. I will be modifying as I go along to get a perfect fit (hopefully). I also liked a few suggestions about using 3 instead of 2 buttons and making sleeve increases further apart and I hope to incorporate these into my knitting.

The yarn am using is Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran in "Coffee" which I also ordered from Cucumberpatch as suggested by Beverly. I love the colour and the texture.

More details on my blog later. Happy knitting!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Silver Belle update

Hi and thanks for your comments. Here is a picture of the wool and another one of the work in progress. Cindy, I did something like what you are talking about. I basically worked up to row 13 and then back tracked to row one and then up again to 13 to increase the length. I used a greater number of initial stitches and plan to decrease to the number recommended for the medium size, starting at the end of the repeated rows. I'll let you know how that works.


Ready to start this but a few WiPs to put to bed first.

I have my magazine and some Teal Cashmerino Aran from Jannette's Rare Yarns, but if I start another item before finishing the other big DB knit I will never get either finished.

Monday, October 01, 2007

I'm new to blogs. This is my first post. I was so excited to learn about other knitters working on the same pattern at the same time. The finished Silver Belle's that I have seen so far have been fabulous. I have dreamed of this pattern for a long time but did not come across it until now. My dream of it is as a duster....a below knee length coat.

I can follow the pattern but I don't know how to adapt the pattern to make it at least Peplum 20"longer than it is. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I love the cable trim that some of you have put on. I also like the idea of 3 buttons instead of 2. Thanks for those ideas.

I chose to use a neutral color and am using Bernat's Cashmere in Earth. I'll see if I can post a picture.

looking forward to future posts.