Monday, January 29, 2007

Where Sweater Envy Leads

It seems to me that everyone, everyone is knitting a super cool, gorgeous, must-wear it sweater. The Central Park Hoodie is very popular right now. Brigitte knit a CPH in a stunning pink. Margaux is almost done in a lovely grey Skye Tweed. Have I mentioned I love pink and grey? And Fearless Cara's will be beautiful now that she knows how to cut open a mis-crossed cable and re-do the cross. Now I don't actually want a CPH, but I do want a sweater. Faithful readers will recall that I have over a mile of Lamb's Pride Worsted in Periwinkle (I should send it to Grumperina, but I'm afraid of repercussions). I want to knit a pullover and preferably one with cables. When I saw that Julia's friend had knit the Marseilles Pullover from IK Summer 2006 in an aran weight yarn, I knew what I wanted to do for a first swatch.

1x4 Ribbing! WooHoo! Color is really periwinkle!

OK, so 1x4 ribbing isn't cably excitement, but it is the gauge swatch for the Marseilles Pullover. And the gauge is all off, but I must do the math to see if I could make it possible. I would also try the cable motif. The cables look hard to me, but then I've lately been choosing projects that I thought were my skill level and I have been bored to tears. It's time to up the ante. I like the LP worsted in the 1x4, although I really should put the yarn I ripped in a skein and get it wet to work out all the little kinks (the sweater back was knit for a couple of years before I ripped a few weeks ago).

I have several other swatches in mind to knit for a cabled sweater of my own design, but I thought I would start here. Green may be the official color of generic envy, but sweater envy is obviously periwinkle.

I must now be good and knit on an official WIP.

Happy Knitting!


Brigitte said...

I think the Marseilles Pullover is lovely. And, I love the periwinkle... So, I think it will be great to see your progress, regardless of what you end up making!

Rachel said...

Very nice color! Way to "Up the ante"! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Twisted Knitter said...

Good for you for "upping the ante" -- you can do it!

I love the periwinkle!

nona said...

It sounds like you've got a great plan! I think you should challenge yourself with the cables for the Marseilles Pullover. Although it might be slow going at first, I'm sure you'll quickly find a rhythm. Besides, if you make a mistake you now know how to easily fix with a little snip, snip thanks to Cara :-)