I love summer and I don’t really want it to end, but I’m also kind of happy that it’s almost sweater weather! At the very least, it’s knit-a-sweater-weather. Yesterday I decided I needed to double my WIPs so I cast on three new projects, and yes, one of them is a sweater. And before you ask, yes, I am swatching before I cast on the sweater itself. I knit a proper swatch on circular needles so I can accurately measure my in-the-round gauge, since I know that it differs from my flat-knitting gauge enough to affect size.
I decided I’m going to use five skeins of purples to make a Faded Boxy sweater. I’m not exactly sure how I’ll decide when to fade the colors, but I might just take the length of the body and divide it by five. Wouldn’t that work? Or wait, should it be 10, since I’ll have 10 sections (Color A, Color A & B, Color B etc)? Yes, maybe that would work. I just want to make sure I have enough yarn to fade the sleeves too. I know there are other Faded Boxy projects on Ravelry, so I’ll have some reference points to help. It’ll be fine. The real question is how long it will take me to get bored of miles of stockinette in fingering weight yarn!
I’m starting my Fade with the gray/purple variegated on the far right in that photo, and the swatch has been washed and is currently drying. The middle purple/gray is from Herd of Cats, a Colorado dyer. It’s a worsted merino that is going to become an Estonian Lace Medallion cowl. The
non-purple blue/white is a color called Rocky Mountain High from Andromeda Socks, and I’m trying the Chevron Socks pattern to see if it creates a subtle mountain look. Now I have a wide variety of knitting to carry me through the second week of the US Open!
For my U.S. friends: enjoy the Labor Day holiday today!
Looking forward to seeing your progress. The purples for the boxy are lovely.
Those purples are soooo beautiful together, it’s going to look so good!
Thanks, now let’s just hope it will fit!
Lovely yarns! I’m excited to see what they turn into. Oh, and after replying to your other post about circular swatching, I remembered the other way I swatch in the round on long needles: using magic loop. I don’t know why I forgot to mention that before, but it looks like you’d already finished your swatch before I made my first comment so it wouldn’t have helped anyway. 😉
Oh I’ve never done magic loop! Maybe someday I’ll learn!
It’s easier than it seems, and works wonders for smaller things that you want to work in the round. It’s also great for not losing sock needles! Magic Loop is my favorite travel sock method.
That sweater is going to be stunning! You’re making my purple loving heart sing.
Ahh, mine too!!!!
You always work with such beautiful yarn! I can’t wait to see the boxy sweater!