I finally have cast on something substantial (sort of)! It’s another hat, one that I have been wanting to make for a while but I finally got the perfect yarn for it in a skein swap I participated in last week.
Its the Droste Effect hat by Amy van de Laar and the yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. This hat is going to be super soft and squishy, I love it already! and I think the pattern is going to show up really well too.
I’ve also been swatching and advance planning for a sweater that I plan to make soon, its the Cumbria Sweater by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence and I am making it in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash in the colour Bittersweet Heather, which is a nice dark rich brown. I actually really like the feel of this yarn and how it knits up so I’m actually really looking forwards to knitting with this. I want to see how well it goes in a sweater and if I like it I will probably make more sweaters with this yarn because its just so affordable (around $30 for a sweater for me!).
The pattern however I’ve heard a lot of bad things about from project pages on Ravelry, apparently its full of errors so what I’m doing now is using my gauge and measurements to map out most of the sweater. This way I will know around how many stitches I should have in each place and the increases and decreases to get me there that way if the pattern doesn’t seem to be going right I’ll know and be able to correct it easily. It’s kinda like the way that I knit most of my socks, I use the stitch patterning from the pattern and use the structure as more of a suggestion but ultimately make the choices myself about how to knit it. All in all with a little extra work on my part I will end up with a very nicely patterned and flattering sweater and I’m sure I will stress less about if it’s going to fit while I am knitting it.