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I lost at yarn chicken

This strangely looking WIP is not an amigurumi octopus (pentapus?) in the making. It is, in fact, a cardigan, designed in an interesting way, with sleeves, back piece and both front pieces knitted separately and then joined together at the yoke. The yoke itself is what drove me to this Paisley Cardigan pattern by Sarah Hutton in the first place – I just really like the contrasting, cabled detail that adds a twist to the plain, simple sweater.

The cardigan is a part of patterns collection designed for the beautiful aran weight yarn from the West Yorkshire Spinners, The Croft Shetland Colours. When I first saw it on their Instagram account, I knew I wanted to knit it, and exactly in the same colours as the original. I love that two contrasting, neutral colours are used together, and work so well. I thought it would be a great way to be able to wear this cardigan both with cooler and warmer shades. And I just needed a reason to buy some of this yarn and try it out!

The Croft is 100% Shetland wool and it is noticeable: there’s no merino softness, it does feel like sheep wool – I don’t think I could wear it next to the skin, even though I don’t have any allergies or sensitivities. Still, for pure sheep wool, it is much softer than most other yarns I’ve tried, and I believe it’s going to get even better after washing. It’s aran weight and overall the perfect choice for a reliable cold weather sweater. I think it should work great for colourwork, too, especially that it comes in 12 beautiful colours.

Having said that, it’s one of those yarns that makes my stitches look all over the place and uneven in the ribbing. Just look:

I remade this rib many times, but it never looks well. Finally I soaked and lightly blocked one of the sleeves just to see if it makes it look any better, and luckily, it does! So I’m not too worried about that but really, I’d love to know what is it about some yarns that causes it, while with others, my stitches look nice and even!

As I mentioned, the cardigan is knitted in 5 separate pieces and then joined at the ribbed yoke in contrasting colour, so that the “best” (no, not really…) part – sewing – is left for the end. I already know it’s going to be a real PITA, as the pieces curl so much. But for now, I don’t really have to worry about that – as the title of this post says, I lost the game of yarn chicken and I don’t have enough grey yarn to sew the pieces together, not to even mention the button bands. I have some of the tawny yarn left, but I don’t want to use it for the seams, as I’m afraid it would be visible through the stitches. I also don’t really want it for the button bands, since the buttons I’m planning to use are in similar shade of brown, and I prefer how they look on a grey background.

What does it mean? The project is securely stored in a wardrobe, far from the kitty claws that love to steal my yarn, and waiting to be picked up again when I order an additional skein of yarn and finish it. I don’t think it’s going to happen very soon, since the weather is finally improving (after a long period of cold and rainy days), and this is not a warm-weather friendly project, so waiting until the end of the summer is not such a bad idea. And in the meantime, between work and travels, I’m back to knitting summer shawls πŸ™‚

7 thoughts on “I lost at yarn chicken

  1. Oh, the suspense! I’ll be eager to see how this puzzle goes together. It is an interesting color combination. That dark grey really makes the “brown” (yellow ocre? russet?) color pop. You could do that same sweater in that same grey with any number of secondary colors — an emerald green, a royal blue, an oxblood red, a teal — and it would change the look in interesting ways.

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    1. I’m very eager, too, as for now I can’t really be sure that the size fits!
      Teal is another colour I’ve been considering but decided that I needed something more universal, that would match most other things in my wardrobe.

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  2. That’s an interesting construction indeed, and something that’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime project for me, because of all the sewing! πŸ˜› The colors in your sweater are wonderful, and I’m pretty sure it’ll look great when you finish it. My imaginative side wonders how it’ll look with a decorative join of the pieces with the contrast color, but my practical side thinks it might not look so good. πŸ™‚ In any case, gray seems to go well with a lot of colors, and it’s probably a brilliant idea to buy a few boxes of it, lol…
    And I’m so glad the blocking fixed the stitches – it’s fascinating (and sometimes irritating) how different yarns affect stitch placement, even though they’re all wool!

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    1. The construction is like a ride in an amusement park, part joy, part fear πŸ˜‹ I considered just knitting it all together since it wouldn’t be too difficult to adapt the pattern but then I thought you only live once, time to try something new πŸ˜‰
      Blocking is a miraculous process that can save so many problems, it’s amazing!!!

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