Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Chunky Top-Down Pattern Plus Tip for Knitting with Hand-Dyes

Cool sweater huh! I designed it using Araucania Limari (70% wool, 20% alpaca and 10% silk) yarn which knits for me at 2.25 sts per inch on a US #13. This sweater knits in what feels like minutes! Plus, there are no seams - just ends to weave in..... WOW!!! It's a great man's sweater or woman's sweater (but I think I will make the woman's sweater taper at the waist a little). The pattern will be available soon at the Yarn and Fiber Company store and online. A few knitters are getting the first round of the pattern this morning to work on sweaters for their husbands - if you are interested in trying the sweater prior to the pattern being finished, the pattern is free with the yarn purchase until the pattern is finished (probably early-mid October). This sweater would also work up well in Big Wool, Equinox Stripes and the other bulky yarns!

TIP!!!! When using hand-dyed or kettle-dyed yarns.... always, always run two skeins while you are knitting and alternate the yarns either one (if on circulars) or every two rows (if using straights). This will keep the pooling down plus, many times the shading can be completely different within the same dye-lot! Happy knitting up hand-dyes!