Atlas is a squishy, springy, soft, soft, soft yarn. I knew it would knit up into a sweater that I’d want to wear every day, but I was curious how it would look knitted into texture. Would the softness of the fine Rambouillet fibers make the stitch definition soft and subtle? Or would the yarn’s structure take over? 3-ply, worsted-spun yarn gives excellently crisp stitch definition.
I chose a design that had all kinds of texture, reverse stockinette, lace, cables, and garter stitch: Fog Cutter by Thea Coleman. She writes patterns that are beautiful and easy to follow, which was important to me since this project was going to be my recovering-from-hip-replacement surgery project. Pain killers and knitting don’t always work well together.
I didn’t hesitate for a second with the color I chose, Clementine. It’s a fantastic orange, it would keep my spirits up during my recovery, and give me a huge boost during the grey Michigan winter coming up.
I love this sweater!
Look at the texture: the yarn structure definitely took over here because the cables are cut, the garter bits are toothy, and the yarn overs are open. Something else that I love about this yarn is how light it is, I used just under 10 skeins for my sweater and it weighs a bit over a pound. That tenth skein for my size (details below) is recommended for knitters whose gauge ends up a bit looser or who want to work up a sizeable swatch.
I knit it on tiny needles because I’m such a loose knitter: US 2 (2.75 mm), wooden and pointy. I occasionally ended up with split stitches—100% my fault, or I could blame my pain killers. The cables are small enough that I didn’t use a cable needle. I did use about a million stitch markers to help me keep track of rows, decreases, and a whole bunch of other things.
In the MDK Shop
I added the waist shaping, went for the shorter version, and chose a size that actually fits. It has five-ish inches of positive ease from my high bust measurement. I knew that the size would fit most of my body, and the girls would get a little negative ease. I didn’t use any short rows in the bust, and I think it fits great.
I want to thank Thea for such a great pattern, even on my worst, most medicated and painful days, I could easily follow it, I never had to rip back.
Here’s an exciting thing, do you notice something that might be missing from these photos of someone four weeks out from hip replacement surgery? No walker for support, I’m 100% on a cane now, and killing it at physical therapy.
Atlas is such a great yarn to work with, I’m already planning my next sweater. I’m thinking I need some more texture … in Wintergreen.
Make It with Atlas
- Fog Cutter by Thea Colman
- Gauge is 5 stitches to the inch. US 6–8 is the recommended ballband needle size range, but, as always, swatch. I went down to US 2 (2.75 mm) to get gauge.
- 10 skeins (with a lot left over) for a size 47.5″ (120.7 cm) in Clementine.
- Removable stitch markers and optional cable needle