Pattern: Quadrillion by Meghan Fernandes
published in the Pom Pom Quarterly issue 6, autumn 2013
Yarn: Novita Wool 442 #gray
Now that I'm all done I definitely get the name Quadrillion for this sweater. I feel like I have knitted at least that many cables! There are 8 different types of cable patterns on the front, and that's not all: some of the cables have two or even three different types of cabled sections inside them, and one additional small lace part. And if that's not enough to get you confused, the cable charts have different row counts for repeats so keeping track was quite hard. There was a suggestion of highlighting the correct rows with washi tape, but after a while I came to the conclusion that I would save a lot of time and fuss by photo-shopping them together to make one long chart.
I knitted the ribbing for the back and front separately but joined them in a round on the first row of the charted section (note that there is a different stitch count for the back and the front!). I thought it was easier to keep track of the charted section when I was looking at it from the RS all the time. I separated the front and back when the piece was a bit over 25 cm: that's the length of the side seams in the instructions. The back of this sweater is just mere double moss stitch and I knew I would get bored knitting it if done in pieces and it would be more interesting when knitted alongside the chart.
There's a mistake in the chart: it's missing purl columns between the cables and instead they are marked as knit stitches. There is errata available on the Pom Pom website but sadly I missed it when I began working the charted section. I did notice some 10 rows into the chart that there was something funny and luckily stopped to figure things out. After that it was just a matter of dropping stitches and picking them up again with a crochet hook. No permanent damage done!