We interrupt this knitalong (the Fringe and Friends Log Cabin Knitalong, full of love and going strong) to bring you . . . another knitalong.
Friends, February is nearly upon us. And for the third year running, the arrival of the last full month of winter in the Northern Hemisphere makes us long to bang out a sweater.
Yes, we already own some sweaters. Which we’ve been wearing every day, all day, for the last month and a half or more.
We want a new sweater, and we want it now!
But what sweater will it be? We remember how Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Stopover sweater, with its promise of spontaneous sweater combustion, captured our imagination in February 2016, and how Véronik Avery’s Hadley, with its graphic patterning, grabbed us by the yoke in February 2017.
Some sweater patterns appear, and they just insist that we make them.
That’s what happened at the end of 2017, when stunning photos of Kate Davies in her brand-new Carbeth pullover were the shots seen round the world. (There was a loch! She wore a full, kilted tartan skirt! In the snow! With a swan!)
Before Carbeth, if you had asked me, “Kay, how about a large-gauge, cropped pullover with distinctive raglan shaping reminiscent of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Hurry-Up Last-Minute Sweater?”— I’m pretty sure I would have demurred.
But the pictures!
I love the details of Carbeth: the wide, deep rolled collar that I always find so flattering and ’60s chic; the graceful lowering and flattening of the raglan “seam” lines; the long ribbed cuffs and simple ribbed hem; the gentle belling at the back.
They add up to a sweater that I (and at least 249 other people, apparently) wanted to cast on NOW.
(You know what this picture needs?)
(It needs a swan, that’s what it needs.)
Knitting Carbeth will just take a minute, right? I’ll hardly have to disturb the queue, or my log cabin pullover-in-progress, to bang out a Carbeth. At a gauge of 14 stitches over 4 inches, it barely has as many stitches as a hat, right?
Bang out a Carbeth Knitalong: The Details
The official needles-up date will be next Monday, February 5.
We will attempt, with all our might, to bind off the last stitches of our wide roll necks by Wednesday, February 28. (But as we know, a good knitalong is evergreen; it cannot be held to arbitrary deadlines. As proof of this cheerful thought, we like to check the #bangoutasweater and #bangoutaHadley hashtags on Instagram, which continue to get updated with new FOs, long after their original Februarys.)
Between now and then, we suggest that everyone:
Check out the gallery of 249 Carbeth projects (many of them finished as quickly as Kate’s) on Ravelry. With this many projects to look at, you’ll get a sense how Carbeth fits on different bodies and with different mods. Thank you, early adopters of Carbeth!
Choose your yarn. Carbeth is knit to a gauge of 14 stitches = 4 inches/10cm, and calls for 515-860 yards of bulky-weight yarn. Give the stash a good shake, and keep an open mind. Kate’s original Carbeth was knit with a double strand of Buachaille, a sport weight yarn. Double-stranding gives rise to opportunities for marling. We’ve got a few choice candidates for either single- or double-stranding in the Shop. (Note: if Jill Draper’s magnificent Brunswick is calling to you, act quickly. Only a few sweater quantities remain, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.)
Think about modifications, but don’t be too quick to decide that your Carbeth needs to be longer. With all the layers I wear this time of year, I am taken with the idea of a short topper to keep my arms and neck warm without padding the lower middle zone. One knitter’s abbreviated sweater is another knitter’s extended shrug. If you are adding to your Carbeth, see Kate’s helpful post about estimating how much more yarn you’ll need.
The Lounge topic: Bang Out a Carbeth.
The Instagram hashtag: #bangoutacarbeth.
All set? C’mon! It’ll be fun!