Friday, September 12, 2008

Swatch Trials & Patterns

I have knitted up a few swatches of different yarns for the Wedgette cardigan pattern being offered by the designer Nora Gaughan in her Ravelry group. The sweater is presented to the group as a "design in process",. This is a great opportunity to step into the mind of a great designer. The participants are the test knitters and prove or disprove the concept of the design and it is interesting to see the changes and the tweaking of the pattern.

The Yarns are all DK weight and in neutral colors. I plan to dye the winner of the swatch trials a plum or eggplant color.

To the far left is a wool-silk noil, the center bottom is ultra fine merino and the right top is a cashmere silk blend. All yarns are from my favorite place for luxury yarns, Colourmart.

Another pattern that I am considering is the Wevyrn Wrap by Angela Hahn. It also uses DK weight yarn. I am also toying with the idea of some merino bamboo yarn of which the pattern have been knitted in. I love orginal color of the original sweater. More swatching to do.

You can see Wedgette here on Raverly and on the Berroco website. The Wevyrn Wrap is located here in Ravery and at Angela's site.

What idea, pattern and/or yarns are you toying with for you next project? Please share.

1 comment:

theardentthread said...

Those fibers sound so yummy! It's amazing what can be spun these days, and how many interesting fibers have been spun in the past. Why did we forget these during the past century? Particularly the plant/bast fibers such as hemp and bamboo.

But cashmere... double yum!