Knowing that I had a couple of long trips coming up, I wanted to get started on a sweater that would be relatively mindless, and I wanted it to be with yarn I already had in my stash.
So what did I do?
I cast on for not one, but two sweaters.
This one is Drops 79-11, which I’m making in Garnstudio Merino ExtraFine, in a light heathered brown:
And this one is Ingenue, from Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. I’m using O-Wool Classic in Slate blue:
I thought I only had 5 skeins of this yarn, and was going to start a different cardigan with short sleeves. But then I remembered that I had gone back and gotten an extra skein that I hadn’t entered in Ravelry, and I really had 6 skeins. That was way too much for the other cardigan, but I thought it would probably work for this. The O-Wool Classic is about the same weight and has the same gauge information as the yarn used in the book (Karabella Marble), but it’s 100% merino instead of 55% wool, 45% alpaca. I knew that meant it wouldn’t be as drapey, but I thought I’d try it anyway.
Although I could get the gauge listed for the pattern (18 st = 4″), I didn’t really like how it looked, so I’m using needles that give me 17 sts instead. I didn’t realize until I started the pattern that the collar is double fabric – it’s knit twice the size, then folded over to the inside and stitched in place. Yikes! With this weight of yarn, that’s a pretty darn thick collar, though I’m sure it would have to be in the Karabella, too.
I’m a little nervous about the size of the collar and the heaviness of it, but when I get it knitted to the armpits, I’ll probably give it a bath and see how it looks after it’s softened up a bit. I’m not sure how well I’ll like this neckline on me. I don’t have Audrey Hepburn’s beautiful swan-like neck.
The collar also ate up yarn like crazy. It took nearly a full skein! Hopefully there’s enough to finish.
If it doesn’t work out, though, I’ll just frog it and go back to the cardigan I was going to make in the first place.
Of course, after getting these two projects started, I realized that I probably wouldn’t be taking either one of them on my trips, because they’ll take up too much room (especially for the motorcycle trip). So I guess I’ll be doing lace. Maybe I’ll finally get Wisp finished.