I've cast on another cardigan! Not that summer seems imminent.
This year I'm still very happy with open cardigans, they're so easy to wear. I've never found open, buttoned cardigans to hang properly, and usually will weat them buttoned up.
I fully intended starting a lighter weight cardigan, Chance of Showers, but on Sunday the first bag I pulled out was some oooolllllldddd Summer Tweed, so I've gone for another Quick Sand.
I only have six skeins, which should be enough, but I'm having doubts! One skein down, and I have eight increasing yoke rounds to go. The sleeves are 3/4 and I'm hoping that each will take a skein, so I can see how far four skeins go on the body. I can always knit half sleeves. I'm thinking of wearting this over dresses, so it won't be awful if it's a little shorter.
Quick Sand is knitted with the edge stitch as a garter stitch. you can leave as is, or pick up and knit one row and cast off, to 'finish' it. I found that this lone garter stitch at the edge down not make a neat pick up and knit, so I started this one off with just stocking stitch, intending to do the optional border. But as I'm worried about yardage, I've cahnged my mind, and after an inch have changed to a garter edge stitch. I hope it doesn't look too odd! The optional border is more decorative than practical, the fronts still roll (but I like it for this style!)
I also started out with 4mm needles, as I'm really slack with this yarn :) Again, I've changed my mind and am now using a 4.5mm needle, I think it will stretch out the yardage. My stitch count on the smaller needle was slightly more than the pattern but the row count was not enough. On the larger needle it's looking a bit more loose (not a bad thing) and I've gone down to a smaller size - less yardage! I like this cardigan with a tighter shoulder and yoke so that it sits on t he shoulder better. I imagine the Summer Tweed will stretch out a bit with wear too.
As I don't keep up with Rowan too well, I was a bit perplexed by teh ravelry yardage for this yar. There's a note saying that the yarn yardage has changed. Not sure at all what that's about as the yarn seems to be the same, and is the same weight, but has more length? Is the new Summer Tweed a bit thinner, then? The skeins are a little messy and fall apart, so maybe now it's repackaged it will behave better.
Needless to say the Felted Tweed jumper is hibernating this week...