Snoqualmie Knitalong // Knitting the back and front // Closet Case Files


It’s been a few weeks since my last Snoqualmie knitalong post… I was hoping to be a little further along but ran into a few obstacles. I had an impossible time establishing the tubular  cast-on for the left front and threw the project down in a snit after a week of stops and starts. I’ve learned when it’s time to take a break.

And then last weekend, we left the city for the country and I was practically ecstatic at the idea of 3 non-stop knitting days by the fire (and possibly in the hot tub if I could figure out how to keep my wool dry), only to discover upon arrival that I  had forgot my knitting bag. I almost started crying when I discovered my mistake, and decided to just bake as much as humanly possible so I had something to do with my hands all weekend (#makersanxiety). I have no idea how I forgot my bag, except I was in a rush, and packing for a weekend in the country with a puppy is almost as stressful as doing the same for a baby and it just slipped my mind. I had fully intended to finish up the front and get started on the sleeves but alas.. here I am with the back done and the left front almost finished…

Snoqualmie Knitalong // Knitting the back and front // Closet Case Files

Once you start the back,  it’s just a lot of straight up cabling with nary an interruption for quite a long time;I found this very soothing and easy to do while watching tv. By the time I got to the armholes, I barely had to glance at my cabling chart since I began to intuitively know what stitch came next. I quickly abandoned my stitch counter and stitch markers as unnecessary, although I did run into some problems as I decreased for my armholes. It seems that for size 45 3/4″, the stitch motif runs right along the armscye, to the point where the cable would be sort of half finished on the right side. This didn’t make sense to me so I took to Ravelry, where of course some crafty knitter had come up with a solution. Thanks to a note from brittluvstoknit I decided to leave off two rounds of decreases, essentially leaving an extra two stitches on the needles. This let me run the full cables along the armhole, although even with omitted decreases, the cable on the right was one stitch narrower than the one on the left; I think you can barely tell in the finished work. The shoulder will be slightly wider but I think it’s worth it to continue the cables uninterrupted.

Snoqualmie Knitalong // Knitting the back and front // Closet Case Files

I’m quite fond of the sloped bind off technique, which essentially has you slipping the first stitch rather than knitting it. It creates a nice soft angle to the decreases.

Snoqualmie Knitalong // Knitting the back and front // Closet Case Files

As I struggled with the tubular cast on for the left front, I did notice a possible issue with the instructions, at least for my size. The instructions calls for you to slip one with yarn in front at the end of Row 2, but I found I had to actually slip two stitches with yarn in front to make it work. When it’s time to rearrange the stitches, the instructions direct you to first slip one, then slip a knit stitch. In my case, that second slipped stitch was a purl stitch, not a knit. It’s a subtle thing but it gave me a little headache for the left front because I couldn’t get the ribbing to work. I can’t remember if I had the same issue for the right front or not, although it’s entirely possible I screwed up somewhere in the process. Here’s what my stitching looked like on the right and wrong side after making the above changes:

Snoqualmie Cardigan_Tubular cast on method

I deeply enjoyed how much faster the front took shape once I resolved my cast on issue. The only thing to really stay on top of with the front pieces is a) making sure I remove one decrease on each side so that my shoulders are the same width as the back and b) being mindful to decreases on both sides of the front to begin the neckline shaping.

Snoqualmie Knitalong // Knitting the back and front // Closet Case Files

I’m almost done the left side and will be starting the right shortly; if all goes well I’ll be starting on the sleeves next week. This is the part I’m the most apprehensive about given all the shaping that will need to be done, but must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how manageable this sweater has been so far for a novice knitter.

Snoqualmie Knitalong // Knitting the back and front // Closet Case Files

How’s your Snoqualmie coming along? Have you run into any issues? Anything else you’d like me to cover about the construction so far?

  • Honest Amanda

    Nice knitting and all…but where’s my April Fool’s? I was hoping for a repeat of last year’s MPB pattern inspiration! Seriously, no pressure – I always enjoy your blog.

    • I only thought of this much too late on April Fools, hahaha!

  • Jessica

    Super pretty! I hear you about the tubular cast on woes … it took me about 6 tries to start this project, for that same reason (I used an alternate method and had no clue if I was supposed to start with knits or purls … and it really wasn’t intuitive from the pattern directions … nor from the instructions of what came next. Eventually got it, though). But my greatest problem? LOL, I totally forgot to switch needle sizes between the ribbing and the cable pattern. By that point I was halfway up the back and refused to go back AGAIN, so I just added in extra stitches on the sides as though knitting the next size up. I’ll add even more extra stitches to the bottom fronts to compensate. Tim Gunning it, for sure. I really thought this would be the first time in years that I wouldn’t be tweaking a pattern as I went :-P. But! It’s been about 4 years since I’ve done any serious cablework and I’m enjoying it, so thanks for putting together this knitalong!

    • Oh man, I hope it works out! Could you also try stretching out the bottom when you’re blockint it?

  • Leigh

    Time to stop calling yourself a novice. This sweater looks spectacular.

    • Noted! I nice reminder to stop talking down to myself in the face of a n achievement. Thanks Leigh!

  • olaf78

    This is beautiful knitting Heather! Cables are hard to make consistent. I’ve been knitting seriously for about 5 years and I don’t know that I could have done this in my first year. Well done!
    P.s I love your designs – am learning sewing and hope to make all of them soon (like 4 or 5 years!)

    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind encouragement…..

  • Ariel Ogden

    Just about to start armholes on the back. I followed the link you posted for the tubular cast on, which was very helpful, but meant that I left off the GSS, as I didn’t look at the pattern at the same time. I discovered my mistake when I started cabling and put off starting over for many days, dreading going back to square one. Second time around cast on was a breeze and I couldn’t believe I waited so long. I’m really enjoying cabling without cable needles. Glad to see I haven’t fallen too far behind. Nothing like 70 degree weather as motivation! (And your attitude too, wouldn’t have attempted this monstrosity otherwise.) I’ll be done by fall, right?

    • I’m so happy to hear this Ariel! I’ve been kind of doing forced march knitting this week because I really want to finish this suker up in the next month but its spring! Short attention span! ANd then I remember I did the KAL so I’d actually finish her, hahahah

  • This is looking so good! Also, I would have legit cried if I’d forgotten my knitting bag. I always have multiple projects going (and often with me) at any given time. Maker anxiety is REAL 😉

  • Did you end up finishing the sweater?

    • Not yet! Spring got too hectic. It’s my fall project 😉