WIP Wednesday: October in August
This year at my house, July was all about Thanksgiving and Christmas. The month started with a big family turkey dinner while relatives were in town, then included Black Friday and Christmas in July sales. Continuing with that theme, August is going to be all about October for me . . . the October Cardigan that is!
When the Fall issue of knitscene hit my desk, I was over the moon about its awesome collection of cardigans. I don’t have many handknitted cardigans in my wardrobe and I welcome the opportunity to cast on something fresh. The October Cardigan stood out as must-knit-now project because of the deep pockets and interesting welt details on the shoulders. Plus, it’s knit with worsted-weight yarn, so I’ll definitely be able to finish it well before the real October arrives.
As with any handknitted project, I started with a swatch. I’m knitting my October Cardigan with the same yarn the pattern used, Manos del Uruguay’s Gloria, distributed by Fairmount Fibers. The yarn is soft and plump in the hand and works into a beautiful fabric; I found that US size 8 needles resulted in the perfect gauge.
Gloria’s colorways are beautiful, semi-solid shades. I’m working with the color Virazon and, to more evenly distribute the colors through the finished garment and avoid any obvious variation between skeins, I’m knitting from 2 skeins at once. To work with 2 skeins, I simply switch back and forth between skeins every other row. I’m about 16″ into the body of the back piece and this technique is working really well. There isn’t any obvious pooling and my 2 skeins have created a really beautiful semi-solid color.
I can’t wait to finish the last few inches of stockinette stitch and start the welt details. I’ve never knit welts before! Knitscene includes a great step-by-step tutorial for the technique, so it should be a breeze. I’ll be sure to share the results in a future post.
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