Here is my new WIP:
I am knitting this project from Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, using the “Gravel” colorway. This will be a gansey-type pullover. Definitely not a “true” gansey because I am knitting it in pieces and from cotton instead of traditional gansey wool. But the patterning is gansey-style.
I knit a tiny swatch with a U.S. size 6 (4mm) needle but thought it was just a little too loose, so switched to a size 5 (3.75mm). Using a size 5 needle, I’m getting just a shade over 5 stitches to the inch (like 5 and 1/16 of an inch) and 7 rows to the inch.
Rather than do a ribbing on the bottom edge, I’ve done narrow columns of seed stitch alternating with stockinette stitch.
This morphs into the body pattern: seed stitch diamonds separated by narrow seed stitch columns.
As a rule, I am not a fan of knitting with 100% cotton yarn. I cast this on and on the first row was not terribly happy with the feel of the yarn. But by the second row I was much happier. I never like working the first row of anything — knitting into a cast-on edge is something I always find slightly unpleasant.
So I’m finding this yarn quite pleasant to knit. It’s fairly soft, but has great stitch definition. It is a multi-ply yarn so I do have to remain vigilant so that I don’t split it, but it’s not too much of an issue, particularly since I am using a lovely Signature needle with a stiletto tip. Mmmmmm . . . pointy!
Sweet Shawlettes Book Giveaway
The contest is now closed and the two winners of copies of Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss are Heather and Kathy in Alaska. I have emailed you both.
Thanks to everyone who left a comment entering the giveaway and many thanks to Jean Moss and Taunton Press for providing two copies of this lovely book for my readers!
Lucy’s Weekend Plan