But first . . .
Thanks so much for all the nice comments about the tennis sweater! I really appreciate them.
I still haven’t dug out my green skirt to see if it matches. I do know that I have a long white linen skirt it’ll look cute with, if the green is wrong.
One more comment about this design and then I’ll move on.
I stated I made the body of the sweater an inch longer than the pattern directs. I am 5’6″ tall, so please take that into consideration when thinking about making alterations to suit your height. Also, I added the inch in the body above the ribbing but before the v-neck shaping — it’s quite a deep v and I think would be a bit cleavage-baring if it were any deeper.
And a comment about the yarn, Cotton Cashmere.
Mary asked in the comments if I found it to be a bit stiff to work with. And I believe the Divine Ms. Em mentioned on her blog the other day that she found it a bit hard on the hands.
This is the third sweater I’ve knitted in Cotton Cashmere. And I’ve had no problem with hand or wrist pain while knitting it. Other cottons have bothered me, but not this one.
In fact, I like it so much, I bought more.
Seven skeins in a lovely bright strawberry pink, for a summer top. Yup. They’ll see me coming in this one, won’t they?
Moving on . . .
This is the back of my new project, a Lacy Cardi being knitted from Debbie Bliss Cathay, which is 50% cotton. 35% viscose, and 15% silk.
I love this yarn. The viscose microfiber in it gives it some springiness and “give,” while the silk adds sheen and that slightly crunchy feeling that I so love in some silk yarns.
It’s DK weight and I’m knitting it to a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows to 4 inches. Suggested needle size for this gauge is 3.75mm (US 5) but I’m getting gauge with a 3.5mm (US 4) needle. I often need to go down a needle size when knitting cotton and cotton-blend yarns.
The cardi (my own design) has lace at the bottom edge and a simple all-over eyelet pattern.
(I say simple, but yesterday I did manage to screw it up, not paying attention. I lined up two rows of eyelets instead of staggering them and had to rip back a few rows. Doh!)
It will have three-quarter length sleeves, a v-neck, and front ties instead of buttons (I think).
The piece pictured above is the back, of course.
The yarn is made up of many plies, but I haven’t had any problem whatsoever with it splitting while I knit. Even with the few rows I ripped out and reknit.
Yup. I *heart* Cathay. So much so that I bought this:
(Sorry about the blurry pic!)
Six more skeins of it in teal. For a summer tank.
And to think I used to be the girl who knitted fair isles and arans all summer because she hated cotton. I think it’s more a case of cotton changing than me changing.
That’s what I’m telling myself, anyhow.
Lucy believes me.