Joining in with Carole, Kat and crew to share three things … about planning my next sweater project. Kat asked yesterday if we were “planning any knitting”. I told her I almost spit out my coffee – I am always planning what I’m going to knit next. or next month. or someday.
For sweater knitting, my planning generally involves three key steps:
1. Choosing the pattern. This one – Bodie, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, came across my new pattern feed on Saturday morning. I fell in love immediately – the piece looks fun to knit (a must for me) and it would fill a gap in my wardrobe. We all need a go-with-everything medium-weight cardigan, right?
2. Choosing the yarn/color. This has become a lot more fun since I quit working at the shop. I now feel free to knit with whatever yarn I choose and I don’t feel guilty about buying it on sale from an on-line store. (yes, Webs and I are now fast friends.) This pattern suggests a lovely wool/cashmere blend from Plucky Knitter. Sadly, that’s not in my budget. I thought Blue Sky’s Woolstok might work, but Elizabeth thought it might be too thick and suggested I swatch to see. so…
3. Swatching*. One of my friends had a nice-sized ball of Woolstok leftover from another project. Yesterday I knitted the swatch (the pattern isn’t out yet, but Elizabeth has published swatching instructions – love it!), blocked it and waited somewhat impatiently for it to dry. This morning I measured – it’s perfect! So I went back to step 2, chose a color (a go-with-everything greige) and placed my order!
The pattern will be released next month and I plan to be ready to cast on right away. At the rate Taproot is coming along, I might even have time for something else in between. Good knitter problems, amIright?!
*Swatching is only a key step in my sweater knitting. I rarely swatch for accessories – unless they need to fit (e.g., hats and socks) – and then only if I’m using a yarn that’s a lot different than the pattern suggests. But for sweaters, it’s a must. For Taproot, I’m using the recommended yarn, but I had to go down a needle size (and my row gauge is still a little big). For Bodie, I’m using a different yarn but the suggested needles worked fine. How do you approach swatching?