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Yet More Learning

I’ve just finished the body of the Stilwell sweater (first mentioned in this post), but after much hemming and hawing I’ve decided to frog the whole thing. Why? I noticed that stockinette started to pucker at the transition from the colorwork band to the plain body section.

See what I mean?

I should have stopped to check the gauge of both sections, but did I? NO. I decided to ignore it and press on – “it’ll work itself out in blocking.” Now I’m quite sure that’s not true. I finally measured the gauge:

Colorwork band = 21.3 sts / 4 inches

Stockinette body = 18.7 sts / 4 inches

They should both be 19 sts / 4 inches. Clearly, my colorwork is MUCH tighter than it should be!  I went into this project knowing it would be a good learning experience (my first try at colorwork), and it is good to know that I tend to knit colorwork tighter, but I’m pretty sick of frogging this sweater. I think I’m going to take a break and move on to something a bit less frustrating. I’m sure I’ll come back to it soon, though. I love the pattern and the yarn.

Hey, Wait a Minute…

I have some bad news for all of you who (like me) thought the Knit Picks company had invented the harmony wood needles. Look what I found when I went needle shopping in Trondheim (Norway) the other day:

Exactly the same needles, but packaged as a “KnitPro” product. And here I thought Kelly Petkun had hand dyed the first set in her kitchen many years ago, and then decided to start a business selling them along with “affordable luxury yarn” – boy, am I gullible!

In other news, my Stilwell sweater is coming along nicely. I’ve knit up to where the arms attach and have set the body aside to start working on the sleeves (for which I needed these double points). Will have photos to share soon!

My Lesson in Colorwork

A couple weeks ago, I started working on the Stilwell sweater by Jerod Flood (Brooklyn Tweed), because it’s cute and it seemed like a nice, gentle introduction to colorwork sweaters. I decided to use the Knit Picks City Tweed HW I had brought with me from the US, since I’d lugged it all this way. Unfortunately, the two colors I brought made for horrible colorwork – there just isn’t much contrast between the two, even though one is quite a bit darker than the other.

Seems like there should be plenty of contrast, right?

And yet, not so much. The Lesson: make a colorwork swatch before you launch into a project to make sure your colors are compatible!

I ripped out the colorwork portion and substituted the dark green for navy blue Malabrigo worsted I also had in my stash. It’s a bit lighter weight than the beige yarn, but not too dissimilar.

Much better! I’m very happy with how this color combo has turned out. The City Tweed has quite a bit of merino in it, so the Malabrigo (100% merino) continues the feel of the beige yarn.

The project is Raveled here. Lesson learned, now back to knitting!

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