Friday, September 18, 2015
Summer Sweater KAL Antrorse
I'm done! I'm done! I'm done!!!
I've finished my second sweater for the Very Shannon Summer Sweater Knit Along! This one is Antrorse, designed by Shannon Cook of Very Shannon. I won the pattern in a knit along in her Ravelry group last Christmas and thought it the perfect choice for this year's Sweater KAL.
I had initially started knitting my Cascade Eco+ pullover at the beginning of the KAL, but summer being summer, it quickly got way too hot to have mounds of warm wool piled on my lap, so I did put it aside for a few weeks while I worked on my Sunshower cardi I showed you in my last blog post.
Like Sunshower I had some adventures in knitting my Antrorse. Not nearly as bad as Sunshower - I didn't have to reknit anything and it was certainly nothing design related, but I did get off to a spectacularly rocky start with my gauge swatch.
I spent and agonizing and hellish time trying to get my gauge to work out. In a momentary lapse of all reasoning I actually was going the wrong direction needle size wise to try and get gauge. I kept going smaller and smaller and gauge was getting so far off I couldn't fathom what was going wrong, I started suspecting a problem with the pattern. Let me tell you, I felt pretty darn silly when moments after I posted something to that effect on Ravelry (wondering all the while nobody else seemed to note any problems with the pattern) it hit me that I should be using larger needles instead of smaller. More stitches to get gauge = needle too small not needle to big, obviously. Sigh... Oh gauge how you continually vex me so.
As soon as I got that sorted out, gauge was easy to achieve and knitting in earnest began. No further problems were encountered other than the heat and knitting Antrorse was an easy, stress free task. I knit it exactly as written and it turned out exactly how I hoped!
I'm really loving my new sweater! I'm especially loving it this morning! It was 3C when I crawled out of bed this morning. Brrrr. But Antrorse to the rescue. I'm sitting here cozy and snuggly warm! The Cascade Eco+ in the Lake Chelan colour way - possibly my absolute favourite colour way of all time - is warm but without the heavy weight you'd expect from it. It's an absolute dream to knit with and pretty darn economical too! Each skein has a whopping 478 yards of bulky goodness on it, which means a whole lot less darning in of ends too! (always a nice bonus!) I'm definitely going to be looking to add some more Eco+ to my stash the next time I have some extra yarn funds!!
So, for me, another Summer Sweater Knit Along comes to a close and I have to say it was yet again a great experience! The knitters in the Very Shannon Ravelry group are all very chatty, encouraging and motivating, which makes the KALs held there so much fun! I'll definitely be signing up again next year!!
Now it's time to switch gears for a wee bit before jumping into the next KAL (Andi Satterlund's Penelope KAL over at Untangling Knots Group). I'm going to be getting a start on some hush, hush holiday sewing and knitting for the next few weeks!