My new non-sock project is being knit from Socks That Rock Heavyweight, in the Pond Scum colorway.
Seriously, how could I not buy yarn in a colorway named Pond Scum? The fact that I love the color is just a bonus.
(But how could I not love a colorway named Pond Scum?)
Oh, you want to know what it is?
Most of the projects that y’all guessed were things I’d never heard of. I guess I need to get out more.
Nobody guessed exactly (except L-B, but she had prior knowledge) — only one commenter got it in general: Regina, who guessed a circular sweater.
(Though you might want to take a stroll through Elann’s free patterns anyway — there are a lot of really nice things there. And did I mention? Free!)
The pattern calls for Elann Lara, which is a mercerized cotton, about dk weight. But I note that pattern is also shown using a yarn called “Mister Joe Blanket,” which is a wool blend yarn.
Anyhow, L-B and I discussed a while back how we’d both like to make this sweater, and we both bought the yarn for it at the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth at Stitches East last month.
The gauge for the pattern is 22 stitches and 24 rows to 10 cm. I started swatching with a 4.5mm (US & needle). I went down a couple of sizes and got gauge with a 3.75mm needle (US 5). The stated gauge on the STR Heavyweight label is 6 stitches/inch on a 3.25mm (US 3) needle, so I probably should have started swatching with a 3.75mm needle to start with. That is, if I had bothered to look at the ball band.
So far so good. You start at the center of the back — it starts with a cast-on of 8 stitches, which you join and knit in the round. This forms a little hole in the middle.
I suppose I could close up the hole, but I actually kinda like it.
You increase every other row in an ever-enlarging circle. Because the increases are done by knitting in the front and back of the last stitch in each of 8 sections, the knitted fabric has a pleasing pinwheel effect. Hence the name!
Now excuse me — I must go collapse in a heap. I made it through my first full day of work since the beginning of October and I’m a bit exhausted.
“I had leftover turkey for dinner!”