Green Penny yarn
Would you like to go on a sweater journey with me? I thought I'd take you along, and give you my thought processes. Who knows? Maybe you'll want to take the plunge with me.
So first decision: What yarn and what color? I do my best work on skinny yarns. I want to use my Penny sock yarn. Lots of yardage, wears very well, is soft but strong, nice stitch definition. Perfect.
Color: the trouble with being a dyer is that I can make any color I want, so the choice is endless. However, I've been doing a bunch of greens for Sock Madness Forever, and loving them, so GREEN it is!
Needles: size 3. Why? Good gauge and I like working on them. (plus they were handy at the moment.)
Gauge: approx 6 sts/inch on stockinette. Not terribly important at the moment because I want to do some patterns, but will become important if I decide to do the sleeves and bodice in stockinette.
Pattern: At first I wanted to do cables, but lace is so my thing these days and very easy on the hands, so I'm off to play with lace patterns.
Shape: a cardigan with a somewhat flared bottom, not ruffly, just a wider A-line shape. Sleeves: 3/4 and also gently flared. Armhole: my usual dropped T.
Size: 38" or 39" at the bodice and ? at the bottom. I want this to go over a turtleneck so I don't want it fitted, but neither do I want it oversized. When I get to the armhole, I'll decide whether to make it 38 or a bit larger on the bodice. I can easily do that by taking off less stitches at the underarm. I have a Coldwater Creek sweater that I love, and I'll get my measurements from it.
Neck: Maybe scoop or square. Don't have to decide until I get to the bodice.
Buttonholes: No. I hate making buttonholes and sewing on buttons, so I'll close it with a pretty shawl pin, or maybe I'll bite the bullet and put in one buttonhole at the top and find a gorgeous button. At any rate, I don't have to decide this now since it would go at the top of the garment.
Trim: no ribbing. A few rows of garter and then start the lace. I may do seed stitch or garter on the bands. Have to decide this before I start knitting, of course.
|A really bad way to take a gauge over my knee.|