Over the last few weeks I’ve been engaged in a sheep to sweater project. I’ve completed spinning and finishing the yarn and have also knitted some test swatches. Now that I know how the yarn behaves as a knitted fabric when knitted at different needle sizes I feel prepared to choose a pattern.
Based on the results of swatching in my last blog post, I think I have ruled out using this yarn with size 7 needles: the fabric comes out a bit too stiff for my liking. I have also ruled out using this yarn with size 10 needles: the resulting fabric is too loose and fluid for what I’m looking for in a sweater. Plus, at size 10, the irregularities in my handspun, especially where it gets a little thin, really stand out. I want my sweater to look solid, not have unintentional bits of almost-lace.
Here are my sweater contenders:
I love the simple style of this three-quarter sleeve sweater. I feel that the pattern would also be very forgiving of any rusticity in my handspun. I would get a lot of wear out of this sweater. I’m bound to knit it, whether or not I use this yarn.
This pattern offers two options: with or without a hood. I think I prefer it sans-hood. This sweater looks loose and oh-so-comfortable. The original yarns used in the pattern were heavier than my handspun, so I have some concerns that my finished sweater might not drape or hang the way it does in this photo.
Such A Winter’s Day
You know how I said that my gauge using size 7 needles was too tight for a sweater? Well, it is. For most sweaters. But this sweater is designed to be structured and a bit stiff. And it’s stunning. If I used my yarn, it might work really well. And the tight gauge would help camouflage some of the inconsistencies of my handspun.
This sweater has a rustic look that I think would work well with my handspun. The only thing I question is the color of my yarn. I am not confident that natural white is the right color to bring out the texture of this pattern. Swatching would help answer that question, but I haven’t done that yet.
Another Wool People pattern. I know, I know.
This pattern is all simple, elegant lines. I think it would work well with my yarn. And the gauge recommended for this pattern was also the optimal gauge for my handspun.
So what do you think? What should I choose?