Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Knit, Swirl!

It's an expensive book, with only, really, one pattern in it, but I still knew I had to have it the moment I saw Knit, Swirl! by Sandra McIver.

I decided to make this sweater first. It is one of the slimmer fitting versions, and has solid welts alternated with light mohair welts, for a spectacular finished product.

I bought some yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, which I thought would work out well because they could dye the mohair and solid yarn the exact same colorway, but I ended up very disappointed with the yarn when it arrived. Instead of being dark, mysterious greens and blues and purples and browns, it was very muddy dark blue and brown. I'll figure out what to do with that later.

So, on a bad day a couple weeks ago, I went to what may be my favorite knitting store in Manhattan and got some Madeline Tosh Merino Light and Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe. I got a leeeetle tipsy that night, and started knitting it up.

Drunk casting on: not for amateurs. Drunk casting on of almost 700 stitches: definitely not for amateurs.

Unfortunately, about 4 inches into it, I discovered that I'd put a twist in it when I joined for knitting in the round, and rather than frog it, which would have been nearly impossible with the mohair, I cut it and rejoined it. I'll have to cover that area with a knitted rose or fringe or something. We'll see at the end.

Even so, I am totally in love with how this is coming out. The Madeline Tosh single has so much depth to the colors, and the Kidsilk Haze Stripe keeps me entertained by varying in color so much. Here is how it currently looks:

I'm intrigued by this design, and really hope it comes out as flattering as promised. If so, I want to make more--the stripes make it a good stash-busting project, and the fit means I could give it to a friend or relative without worry about it being unflattering.

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