Kate’s Cardigan in Issue #5 of Knitcircus
I made a few gauge swatches and determined that I’m not allergic to the Alpaca with a Twist yarn I got from Natural Stitches. Silly me for thinking I was.
I used my handy dandy handmade PVC pipe swift named Charlotte. One of the giant hanks of yarn had no knots in it at all, resulting in a yarn ball as big as my head. Reminds me of a burrito place I used to eat at in Champaign, IL. But I digress…
I can’t say enough good stuff about this yarn. It’s soft, springy, and has been lovely to work with so far. Plus, with a continuous strand of 549 yards, I can knit the entire back without having to join in a new ball. That in itself is a treat, especially since I hate any sort of finishing work.
I’ve done about 4″ or so, and I’ve already started the decreases for the waist. My row gauge is a little off from the pattern specs, so I decided to do the waist decreases and increases every 6th row, not every 5th row. It’s nice for once to be able to follow a pattern, I just have to remember to follow it without making too many modifications!
So it’s official, I guess. My pattern in the Reynolds Spring 2009 collection has finally been published, well, I think it’s been published. I saw an ad for the Spring 2009 collection in the latest Interweave Knits and it’s listed on JCA’s web site. The picture of my Tank Top on their web site is about 100 X 100 pixels so unfortunately most of the lace detail on the bodice is lost. My design is the royal blue tank top knitted in Rise and Shine yarn, for those of you who have a booklet. I’ll post a larger picture on my blog hopefully soon.