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I finished the back of the Victoria cardigan late Sunday afternoon. Now that is a lot of moss stitch!
AnnH asked in the comments:
I’m curious about the sweater ribbing: do you think that after blocking, the ribbing will still be tighter than the body of the sweater. I love this pattern and have been looking for a sort of all around mid weight cardigan, but I like a straighter edge.
The ribbing is worked using the same needle size as the body of the sweater, and the same number of stitches. I, too, prefer a straight edge along the bottom, particularly on a sweater this long. so I will be blocking the sweater pieces before I assemble it, and will pin the ribbing out straight with the body, that is, so it does not pull in. Stay tuned!
I also love the cardigan that you are making, and would like to start the project myself (it would be my first real sweater). I don’t wear animal-based fibers. What type of yarn do you think would work similarly as the wool blend they recommend? The only thing I have come up with is a cotton-acrylic blend, which I’m fine with, but can you rec anything better? Do you think that would work? Also, I’m a little nervous about choosing a yarn with a different weight since I am a beginner knitter. Seems like when I have chosen yarns of different weights for a project, I end up with something TOTALLY different than what I was hoping for (even tho I checked my guage first, etc…). I have been trying to find a cotton-acrylic blend that won’t be too stiff (and tought to work with) that is similar in weight (the yarn the pattern recs is 100g and 156 yards so I’m trying to chose something close to that). Am I on the right track here?
I would suggest, perhaps, a microfiber/cotton blend. You definitely want to find something of the same weight that knits to the same gauge.
The yarn the pattern calls for is Louet MerLin Worsted Weight. It is, as the name suggests, worsted weight yarn. A quick look in Ravelry tells me that it is 9 wpi and is 70% linen/30% merino wool.
The yarn I am using is Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran, which is slightly heavier — it is designated an aran weight (8 wpi) and is 50%wool/50% cotton, but I think the drape is similar. The fact that the yarn I am using is slightly heavier and the fact that I am a loose knitter made me go down two needle sizes based on my swatching.
Off the top of my head, for a non-animal fiber, I thought of Rowan All Seasons Cotton. It too is designated an aran weight (8 wpi) and is 60% cotton/40% acrylic, so it could work for you, but it is slightly heavier, so you would want to swatch.
If you are a member of Ravelry, try using the yarn browser there. You can designate a yarn weight, and pick out all the fiber types you want to see, and the search will give you all the yarns that fit the description you entered.
Even better, use the advanced yarn search. This is a search I did for worsted weight yarn that consists of a cotton and microfiber blend. The search returned 10 results. You could change the parameters to include other fibers as well.
Good luck in your search!
Lucy thinks that she should be supervising my moss stitch, but she is just too comfy . . .