This Daytripper Cardigan is coming together so fast that I haven’t even suffered Sleeve Fatigue.
It’ll be done soon.
As I’m whooshing through this cardigan, here are things I’ve noticed along the way.
Magic Loop is fantastic. I’ve used a 32-inch (80 cm) cable for this whole sweater, swapping out US 9 (5.5 mm) and US 10 (6 mm) needle tips as needed.
If you haven’t tried the Magic Loop method, it is such a winner. Have a look at Jen Arnall-Culliford’s video tutorial to see what’s what. It means you can knit a small-circumference collar, then move right to the bigger yoke, then to the torso using one circular needle.
Steam blocking as you go is a help. Maybe it’s that I’m not used to knitting stranded on a big needle, but my yoke was pretty wonky. St. Kay of Rowenta reminded me that it’s not cheating to steam a bit as I went, and sure enough, the yoke started to look a lot less wacky after a quick bout with my steam iron.
Do watch out for your needles, though, especially if you’re using wooden ones. Hot steam could really wreck a wooden needle, so take care.
My color choices are working for me. I spent a middling amount of time (for me) stewing about what colors to use. Given the 38 colors to work with, I feel like I zeroed in on a colorway incredibly fast! I ruled out entire categories of color—I decided I needed to steer away from my favorite color, green, given that I have a number of green sweaters.
I’m using this combination.
Main color: Oatmeal
Yoke: Black Heather, White, Royal Fuchsia, Air Blue, Straw, and Crimson Red
Collar, Cuffs, and Button Band: Black Heather
This yarn is fascinating. Léttlopi makes me feel like I’m tapping into an ancient kind of knitting.
The rustic fibers feel good in my hands, close to the sheep I guess. I’m told that years ago, Lopi yarn had more lanolin in it than it does now. All I know is that Kermit is following this sweater around like a newfound friend.
I think he thinks it’s an Icelandic sheep.
How’s it going, everybody? The knitalong for Mary Jane Mucklestone’s designs in Field Guide No. 17: Lopi is in full swing at the moment. If you want to see what the fuss is about, take a moment to visit the conversation going on in the MDK Lounge, “It’s the MDK Lopi Knitalong!” And finished objects are already popping up on Instagram. Have a look: #lopikalMDK.