Cider Mill: Let’s Go!
It’s the best fun, the wide-open horizon of a new knitting project.
A new sweater, in particular, sets me scheming and dreaming like no other.
So many issues to consider, so many things to do.
Jen Geigley’s new Cider Mill pullover has been waving at me for weeks now, and the time has come.
image by Figment Art Photo
The Picking of the Colors
A colorwork sweater is the most delectable opportunity to stare at yarn for a really long time.
I really like Jen’s original colorway.
Atlas in Cork, Shale, Cedar, Pebble, Truffle. Contrast is a good thing to consider when figuring out a colorwork project. Here’s how they look in black and white, a helpful trick when thinking about the contrast level among the colors.
Light, mediums, and darkish. Got it.
My picks (after a lost afternoon!): Seaglass, Shale, Truffle, Cork, Natural.
The body will be Seaglass. Coastal Grandma? I am Landlocked Just Ma, but I love this color anyway.
It’s not quite the same mix of lights and darks as Jen’s version, but I think this’ll do.
The Choosing of a Size
This top-down sweater is not unlike some others I’ve made, so I have a feel for how much ease I want. I dug out another sweater I like, measured it, and that gave me an easy answer to what can be a tricky question.
The Marking of the Pattern
I mess up my pattern—crossing out irrelevant sizes and measurements, with the aim of giving myself all the clues I need to do this thing properly.
I also flagged the tricky bits. Short rows? Noted. Increase rows? Check! Watch out for those. Color changes? Got ’em.
The Knitting of the Swatch
I had an Atlas swatch on hand that gave me the 20 stitches/4″ (10cm) with a size 7 (4.5mm) needle. Reminder: keep yer swatches; you never know when they’ll come in handy.
The Starting of the Knitting
The short row shaping on the back of the neck comes fast on Cider Mill, and it’s only a few rows. I stop everything when it comes to short rows.
These went perfectly the first time, with my favorite trick of German short rows making the result so clean and smooth. See the curving dark gray band? That’s going to make this pullover sit nicely across my shoulders.
I’m a goner now. Doing colorwork, after taking a break from colorwork, is really, really great. Thanks, Jen, for your Cider Mill pattern—it celebrates Rhinebeck in such a subtle, funny way, with coffee cups, pan flutes, apple cider donuts, and positivity in every stitch.
PS See more Cider Mill pics and color in your custom Atlas palette with Jen’s downloadable illustration here.