Ridgeway Lite from Cabin Fever

Has anyone ever made the sweater called Ridgeway Lite from Cabin Fever? It's seamless and knit in the round. I found a blog that featured it and I like the look of it. But, before I spend the money on it, I was wondering if any of you guys have made it? Thanks.

Ridegeway Lite Seamless Sweater



Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I don't knit sweaters very often but the pattern looks nice. If you are on Ravelry, you could do a pattern search and see what people say about the sweater and how it knit up for them.

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CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Joe. I will do just that. Tallguy has already added some good observations about it. I just like the idea of knitting without having to seam things. Circular needles have made that type of knitting possible, so I hope more and more patterns are rewritten to accommodate them. I think that the restrictions of straight needles is why there are seams in the first place. As a new knitter, I have cut my teeth, so to speak, on circulars, so I am always on the lookout for patterns that use them.

Again, thanks for the suggestion.


michaelpthompson's picture

I don't know anything about this particular pattern, though it looks intriguing. However, I was in my LYS the other day talking to the owner and I mentioned I was considering doing a seamless sweater myself. I've been trying to work out how to do it.

The idea came on a sweater I made for my sister-in-law for Christmas. I converted a pattern that was made to knit flat by doubling the cast on and using circular needles up to the arm pits, then dividing and doing front and back separately. I seamed the halves together at the shoulders and picked up stitches around the armholes for the sleeves. It occurred to me that I could have placed the front and back stitch holders and done a three-needle bindoff or Kitchener at the shoulder rather than a seam.

While I was discussing these ideas with the owner, she pointed to a sweater on a form nearby and mentioned that the seams have a weight-bearing function as well as being useful in the construction of the garment. Knitting stitches such as stockinette don't support weight as a good strong seam does. She was of the opinion that a garment might not drape as well or would possibly sag if it were designed for seams and had none.

I don't know how true this is, but it's something worth considering.

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ronhuber's picture

All ganseys, Fair Isle Sweaters and traditional sweaters from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Faroese Islands and Holland have always been knit in the round and I have never seen one of them sag. When you think about it would a sweater not sag if it couldn't move because it had a side seam? Sweaters drape from the neck and shoulders not from the side seams. Michael, you could have knitted straight up to the shoulders and later cut out a slit and then picked up stitches around it. I think it is interesting that you instinctively are trying to figure out how to do a sweater that way it was trationally done before people started writing patterns. Maybe you were a knitter in a former life on one of the lonely Shetland Islands. I also find it interesting that you are doing this without any knowledge of seamless sweaters. There are hundreds of ways to do it both from the bottom up and the top down and you never have to separate the knitting and work back and forth. Check out Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Without Tears". However, you do have to cut your knitting and this also is something that people have been doing for hundreds of years. Most people secure the stitches before cutting them, but the next time you do a swatch cut it up the middle and you will see that the stitches go nowhere.

Tallguy's picture

I've been around longer than dirt, I'm sure, so there are a few things I need to point out. ALL knitting at one time, way back at the beginning of time, was done in the round. They only did the stocking stitch then. And would cut the tube to make it flat. Later on, they learned how to do the purl stitch so that they could knit stocking stitch flat.

I have no idea why they decided to work back and forth. They always used double pointed needles, and could easily work in the round. It is common to do sweaters in the round -- no one thought of doing it flat and then seaming them (why make extra work) -- and I don't know where this tradition started. I think it was an American thing. I don't see how it would economize on anything, but who knows.

So for you to go back to your roots and "discover" knitting in the round is a good thing. You are advancing! And by looking at a sweater, thinking of how it can be done, either from the bottom up or top down, or in the round or flat.. that is all good. Shows that you are becoming what EZ called a "thinking knitter". Then you won't have to rely on printed patterns any longer. So it's all good.

yes, I agree with Ron, that cutting your knitting isn't as traumatic as some make it to be. I've done it... the world didn't come to a halt, no one seemed even to notice! The stitches stayed where I made them, and everything just went along as it should. Very ordinary, and seemed to be right with the world. Go ahead -- try it. I dare you!

chipsir's picture

Hi Mark, I have knit many norwegian type sweaters and I can not think of doing it any other way than in the round and steaking the arms or the front if you wish a cardigan. I was very nervous on my first sweater, taking scissors in hand and slicing down from the shoulder for the sleeve. The sweaters in "garnstudio.com" show you how to knit a flap at the shoulder of the sleeve and when tacked down it covers the sleeve seam (the sleeve is knit in the round as well). If you check my ravelry page project you will see a picture of the first sweater I knit this way. the only disadvantage is the sweater has a drop shoulder. With practice the lumpy sleeve can be mastered and it looks quite respectable. The sweater from Cabin Fever is a pattern I have had for many years but as yet have not knit it. Maybe we could do a KAL on MWK and give each other support along the way! Maybe I will just add a photo here. Stupid me, it is the sweater I am wearing in my profile picture lol

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Dennis,
I went to your Ravelry page and saw the sweater that you wear in your photo here. It really is a wonderful piece of workmanship, but then again, all your work is beautifully done. I think it would be fun to do a KAL with you and others on here. I will check out the sweater and comments on Ravelry as you suggested. That's a good idea.