Before I talk about my new project, I wanted to give you a heads up that the Winter’s Morn Shawl is now available for sale in my Ravelry Shop, here. It will soon be available for purchase in hard copy from The Loopy Ewe as well. That reminds me — The Loopy Ewe has copies of the Woodland Walk Shawlette for sale for those of you who prefer to buy in hard copy.
So I started a new project.
I wanted something relatively easy to work on for the next little while as I’ve got a lot of other stuff on my plate. When the new Knitty came out, I was drawn immediately to the Victoria cardigan. It looks like the perfect transitional piece to wear in the fall.
I decided to make mine from a wool/cotton blend since I always seem to be too warm to wear a 100% wool sweater. I chose Rowan’s new Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran, which is a 50/50 blend of organic wool and cotton. After much deliberation, I chose the “Saddle Brown” colorway. I wish this yarn had a wider choice of colors — I wanted a neutral but didn’t want to make it in a light color, so the color I chose was pretty much the only choice. The only other colorways I would consider a neutral are Moonflower and Slate. Moonflower is too light and Slate — well, I am not fond of grey and don’t think it is a flattering color for me. So Saddle Brown it was. I ordered it from The Loopy Ewe and it arrived yesterday.
I knit a gauge swatch, starting with a size 6 needle (the pattern suggests a size 8). But I’m a loose knitter and my yarn might be a little heavier than that used for the original, so my instinct was correct — I got gauge with the size 6. I cast on for the back last night and finished the ribbing this morning on the train, and got started on the moss stitch.
This is gonna be lots and lots of moss stitch!
I am making the size large, which has a finished measurement of 44″. I’m thinking of this cardigan as an outerwear piece, so I wanted it a bit roomy.
Be prepared to look at lots and lots of moss stitch for the next few weeks.
“Get rid of the stupid camera — I need some lap time!”