Debbie Bliss Cabled Jacket

Monday, July 18, 2005

The Debbie Bliss Cabled Jacket

The Debbie Bliss Cabled Jacket

The Debbie Bliss Cabled Jacket

Pattern: Cabled Jacket by Debbie Bliss from The Cashmere Collection
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Ultra in Seafoam
Needles: 6.5mm Crystal Palace bamboo circular

I am sorry these photos were so long coming, trying to co-ordinate a second pair of adult hands to take the photos, decent light and a reasonable background has been challenging to say the least. A pilling problem added to the mix only made things worse. But here they are at last.

I have to say I love this sweater, it is so warm and cosy and fits so well. I kept finding excuses to wear it in Sydney, despite it’s being completely inappropriate for the weather, and I have hardly taken it off during the week since arriving in Adelaide. For all that I love this cardigan I have to say that it has a rather serious pilling problem. I had to scrape this ball of fluff off it this afternoon before taking these photos.

The Debbie Bliss Cabled Jacket produced this ball of fluff

So, my notes on the Debbie Bliss Cabled Jacket - think about using smaller needles and probably steer clear of Jo Sharp Silkroad Ultra. The pattern calls for a 7.5mm needle and I have used a 6.5mm, however the design is much more fitted in the arms than the body so I nearly ran into trouble with the arm scyes. I think the 7.5mm recommended in the pattern is too big for my taste/size but as happy as I am with my sweater a 7mm may have been a better choice than the 6.5mm I used. The Jo Sharp Silkroad Ultra is lovely to knit with and beautiful to wear, but given the degree to which it “relaxes”* with the first wash and the pilling I don’t think I will be using it again, for anything. I know that Steph used Rowanspun Chunky for her Cabled Jacket and I don’t believe she has mentioned a pilling problem so I would probably think about using that if I were to make another one. And finally, I would also knit a longer collar. My collar is the suggested length and yet it seems somewhat shorter than I was expecting. I would probably unpick this one and knit a couple of inches more if my remaining yarn weren’t cut up into small pieces.

*To say that Jo Sharp Ultra “relaxes” is something of an understatement, if you do use it make a big swatch and block it because your gauge will change.


Comment by sharlyn on 18/7/2005 @ 9:18 am

Beautiful! I would find excuses to wear that sweater any day…even on days like today where our temps. are in the 90’s. I cannot wait to find the perfect yarn and knit myself one. Hmmm, maybe the Cashmerino could be a birthday present for myself.

Comment by Susie on 18/7/2005 @ 9:22 am

That looks great! Very cozy!

Comment by lynette on 18/7/2005 @ 9:24 am

it’s beautiful!

Comment by cindy2paw on 18/7/2005 @ 9:36 am

You are such a fast knitter and the jacket is amazing. The pilling is pretty bad, isn’t it? I am quite amazed at how much has come off. All those people who say wash your swatch might be right this time. I must admit that I have never swatched in my life!!!!
Love the Sphie bag too!!!
Harki-Parki-Parker-Posey and
Peri Naughty the Golden Labradors

Comment by Adina on 18/7/2005 @ 9:45 am

Gorgeous!!!! You have far more patience than I. All those bobbles!!!

Comment by Anita on 18/7/2005 @ 9:17 pm

Holey Moley! That is a fiercely gorgeous jacket! It looks fantabulous on you!

Comment by Steph on 19/7/2005 @ 1:35 am

Wow! It is stunning! I love the color and the buttons are so perfect for it. I can’t stop looking at it :-)

Comment by Nik on 19/7/2005 @ 3:42 am

I am so in love with that sweater.

Comment by Carol on 19/7/2005 @ 5:05 am


It had looked brilliant laying out flat.
And yet it looks sooooooooo much better on.

I’m dissapointed to hear about the pilling problem , I had thought Jo Sharp was better than that :(

Comment by Ann on 19/7/2005 @ 7:09 am

Wow, it’s GORGEOUS. Love all those cables — the Ultra really makes them pop!

And all the cardi shots makes me wish it was winter in my part of the world… really fantastic sweater.

Comment by falimako on 19/7/2005 @ 7:10 am

Wow, it is so beautiful. When I saw it all in sections I really didn’t think it was “my thing”, but now seeing you wear it, I love it and I want one!!!
By the way, I am so jealous that you went to Needle Nook. It is a five minute walk from my mils, but a 45 minute drive from my house. Everytime I am at the mils I want to go there, but it is closed after 1pm on Saturday and closed all day SUnday!! ARGH!

Comment by Cara on 19/7/2005 @ 11:20 am

It looks wonderful! Great work. But you have me seriously questioning the enormous amount of Jo Sharp I have in my stash.

Enjoy it!

Comment by Kelly on 19/7/2005 @ 1:08 pm

Your jacket has turned out just amazing, I’m sure it is well worth the effort it took! Congrats on it :) I’m sorry that it is pilling so much and I hope that it will balance out and stop for you.

Comment by Karen on 19/7/2005 @ 11:50 pm

Wow! That is truly beautiful! How long did it take you to make? It looks just wonderful on you! Enjoy!

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