The Back of Roan Finished

So, it’s been a while since I put this fair isle project aside, but I dug it out last week (after finishing my KSH Stripe cardigan) and have now finished the back. Here it is:

Roan, knit by Deborah Cooke in Kauni EffektgarnIt’s curling a bit because it hasn’t been blocked yet, but is really a big rectangle, decreased in to a point at the top in the middle. It’s supposed to be oversized and is big – the back is 26″ wide. I took this picture outside, and the colours appear a bit more zingy than they are in real life.

The pattern is called Roan from Rowan Magazine #56. (I posted about this project when I began it, right here.) The cardigan is like a kimono and is supposed to be knit in thicker yarn. I had this Kauni Effektgarn in my stash so recalculated and cast on in this instead. This is two colourways of the Kauni, and the yarn changes colour graduallly as you knit. (The original design uses a number of colours, and the knitter changes yarns as knitting.) Because the yarn is thinner, I had to do more repeats of the band with the diamonds to get the sweater to the right length – I decided to make it a bit shorter than the pattern, to ensure I wasn’t overwhelmed by the sweater.

The two fronts together are the same shape as the back, just split down the middle. Because I want the colours to change the same way on the front and the back, I’m going to knit the fronts as one piece, then cut them apart. This is called steeking. I’ve never done a steek before, and the prospect of cutting my knitting does freak me out a bit. I have a lot of knitting to do before it’s time for that, though.

Off to cast on the fronts!

What do you think?

7 thoughts on “The Back of Roan Finished

  1. It’s beautiful! I will keep my fingers crossed for you and the steeking as we await the finished product. You are very talented.


  2. Beautiful! I am going to look up sterling so I that I have an understanding of how you can cut it apart without the knitting unraveling. I’m not a knitter but do like to learn about the process.


  3. This is gorgeous. I used to knit and enjoyed it very much. Now we live in NC and the wool sweaters are seldom worn and I have so many other sweaters.


  4. It’s lovely! Don’t freak out about the steeking – it’s a bit nerve wracking the first time but works amazingly well. To paraphrase Elizabeth Zimmerman, take a deep breath, cut, then go have a drink and a bit of a lie-down. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater!


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