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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

A New Sweater!

After finishing my Seashore Pullover last week, I started a new sweater!  (I’ve found that having more than one sweater on the needles at a time is too many.)  This is a Tea Leaves cardigan, which I’ve actually knit before, several years ago.  It’s a great basic cardigan and it works well in solids as well as busier hand dyed yarns.  I’m using Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Grenadine (a now discontinued color).  The color reads as a burgundy or plum overall, but when you look closer you can see purples, browns, and even aqua blues.  As I was winding the yarn into skeins, I realized that this is the perfect fall color for me!

I’m almost to the point of separating off the sleeve stitches (where it will start to go faster).  I’ve already started alternating skeins.  I’m alternating at what will be the left underarm, on RS rows.  Since this is a cardigan and I’m working back and forth, I only alternate every other row.  On my Seashore pullover (knit in the round), I alternated every round.  By alternating skeins, I can blend from one to the other and not have sudden jumps, which is common for hand dyed yarns.  Madelinetosh skeins are different enough, even if they were dyed together, that this can make a huge difference in how your sweater looks.  Once you get the hang of alternating skeins, it’s not really a big deal though.



OpenID bronchitikat said...

I've been knitting a cardigan in yarn from The Knitting Goddess, a lovely variegated green yarn. Alternating the skeins went quite well, though I may have pulled them a little tight in one of the sleeves.

Thing is, I knit it in the round, and now have to cut the steek. Eeek! It's my first steek EVER, hence the nerves, though I gather even experienced knitters get a little angsty when it comes to taking scissors to their knitting.

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