The Unpattern Pullover Project

As mentioned previously, I am taking a sweater class at a local yarn shop (Mockingbird Moon), using the Unpattern Raglan Pullover.  The first week, we took measurements, cast on and started increasing.  Our Knit Doctor, Angie, told me about a Reverse C cast-on for increasing.  This gives a smooth increase as opposed to (knit 1, purl 1) in the same stitch or the make 1 (which leaves a hole).  If you knit, this just means using the first cast-on stitch you ever learned.  This is what the loop looks like without your thumb in it.

Reverse C Cast-On Loop

Reverse C Cast-On Loop

Make a loop with your thumb and then place the loop on the working needle.

Reverse C Cast-On

Reverse C Cast-On

Reverse C Cast-On

Reverse C Cast-On

Here is the sweater the first day–we have cast on and started working on the fronts, the sleeves and the back–knitting from the top down.  After another six rows of increase, we increased 14 stitches for the fronts and joined the work.  To join, knit a row even and just continue knitting (being careful not to twist your work) instead of turning your work.  Now you must keep track of your increase rows.  Previously, you worked even on the purl row and increased on the knit row.  Now every row is a knit row as you work in the round and you increase every other row.  I had to rip out 11 rows because I was occasionally increasing on the even rows and it was obvious.  After that I noticed that I had increased at the joining marker once but that mistake will just have to stay there.  I still have a ways to go–increasing until there are 172 stitches on each front by our next class on March 5.  I am currently at 55 and on my third ball of yarn.

Third ball of yarn

Third ball of yarn

I was pondering what to do about this sweater as I have a goal of losing 50 pounds.  The size of the sweater is based on bust size and I’ve already lost some girth there–how much I will reveal on Friday when I re-measure myself.  I am taking no chances here–weighing  in twice a week and measuring once a month.  Anyway, I just watched the Lion Brand 2016 fashion show.  Fringe is queen this year but oversized sweaters are also trending as opposed to figure hugging sweaters so I will still have a new sweater when I am finished.  I need to start looking for some really cool tights, maybe in slime green and purple.

Update on the South Beach Diet.  I am now into Phase 2, reintroducing carbs.  I have some whole wheat bread for an occasional sandwich–I like Udi’s Gluten Free–and have frozen it in baggies of two slices.  Last night we had ground venison tacos with whole wheat tortillas.  The tortillas were awful and I only ate half of mine.  I can do taco salad but next time will try the tomato/basil tortillas.  I can also have fruit.  The recommendation is to start with one whole grain carb and one fruit per day, the idea being not to cause cravings from refined grains and sugar.  We will also be having stir fry this week and instead of white rice, I found a yummy looking blend–Lundberg Gluten-Free Whole Grain Rice, which includes, long grain brown, sweet brown, wild, whole grain Wehani, and whole grain Black Japonica rices.  I’ll let you know how it is next post.  I have now lost a total of 7.5#, which translates to 30# off my knees.  My BMI is also now under 30 which means I have gone from “obese” to “overweight.”  This maketh me happy.  I think I may be able to add a third day of exercise by this weekend–the doc upped my thyroid meds so maybe that will give me a little more energy.

I’ll try to post again this week with some new (to you) art from Crystal Bridges.  I look forward to an upcoming photography exhibit in May.  Photographs of photographs–hmm. Typing is not going smoothly this morning so I think I’ll back out and see if I can get my bank to respond so I can balance checkbooks.  Until next time, here’s a coming attraction of spring.  We are supposed to get rain and possibly snow tonight.  Aw hell, let’s just go with snow with a chance of stir-fry from 2010.



Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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