Picking yarn for a sweater…

So, since I don’t believe its possible for me to only be working on one project at a time (I’ve tried. It doesn’t work, haha!) I’ll just continue to show you guys bits of what I’m working on!

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This doesn’t look like much right now, but hopefully it’ll soon become more obvious as to what it is, haha! It is going to be a Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig from the Knitbot blog.

I made one many many many moons ago. Very close to the beginning of my knitting career in Houston. My skills were not quite ready for that, haha. In other words, it turned out terribly and I’m not sure where it is. But! I learned a lot from it… mainly about how yarn choice is really important when it comes to the type of sweater you want. Gauge is important in that regard as well. I didn’t know that (or I probably thought I knew what I was doing… I really didn’t, haha!)

Now… probably around 6 or 7 years later (crazy, right? I’ve been knitting for 8 years.) I am giving it another go, with a lot more knowledge about drape, density, durability (all the Ds, haha!) and how its important to really know your yarn… To know how the fiber content will affect your garment. It can either make or break it!

This time around, I’m using Quince and Co.’s Chickadee in the colorways “Kumlien’s Gull” (the grey) and “Egret” (the cream). The pattern originally called for Quince and Co.’s Tern base, which is extremely similar to their Chickadee base. Tern is 50% Wool and 50% Silk, while the Chickadee base is 100% Wool. And yes, Tern is technically a fingering weight while Chickadee is listed as a sport/DK weight… nothing that a little change of needle size can’t fix!

Both would be amazing options for this sweater. But heres why I went with Chickadee, instead of Tern, the called for yarn…

1) I wanted a sweater that could definitely be a sweater that would last a long time, with lots of hard use. Because of the nature of Chickadee, without the silk, I can see it lasting a little longer than Tern. Both will hold their own for a long time, I’m sure. But for what I’m looking for, Chickadee was better.

2) True, its supposed to be kind of a drapey cardigan. But I’m planning on doing some different things, so it wouldn’t have been as drapey anyway. The shawl collar won’t be as flowy and it’ll be a bit longer. Maybe the sleeve length will be longer, I’m not sure yet. Who knows!

3) I’ve had more experience with Chickadee, and knew how it knitted up, how it blocks, how much does it stretch, if at all… all that jazz. I have a specific look I’m going for with this sweater, so I needed something I knew would work.

4) Annnd… they had more color options for Chickadee d^_^b The colors for Tern were beautiful, don’t get me wrong! But for the stripes I was wanting, there were better options with Chickadee.

When it comes to sweaters, I go through a pretty long process of figuring out the perfect yarn… and this is kind of what I do! If I’m going to make myself a sweater that I’m going to love and wear all the time and be super sad when it finally gives out… that yarn has to be the perfect yarn for that particular sweater! Its all part of the fun!

I was actually talking with my mom about this the other day… Process knitting vs Product knitting. We both agreed that we’re a little both… we love the process, we love the product. But we also love the part of getting to pick out the pattern and the yarn and gather the needles, pattern, project bag… all that stuff! Its part of the fun of knitting. Probably one of my favorite parts, I think! But I love all of it… so I don’t know if that counts ;-)

Hope you found this interesting! If you like posts like this, more technical stuff, let me know and I’ll come up with ideas. Or if theres something in particular you’d like me to write about in regards to knitting leave me a comment below or you can contact me via Twitter or Instagram or Ravelry!

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6 thoughts on “Picking yarn for a sweater…

  1. msparksfly says:

    I have probably said this before, but you should do a blog about the finishing-a-project process. Blocking, washing, all that stuff that I totally don’t understand. :3

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