My knitting motivation left me for a couple of minutes there, but oh boy, is it ever back.
I’ve cast on my first Mood Cardigan. (This is a little like referring to one’s mate as “my first husband.” Hopefully, it will keep my Mood Cardigan on its best behavior.)
Three repeats in, here are the things I’m loving about this pattern.
- It’s a rectangle. I cannot be expected to do any shaping in this humidity. I cast on 85 stitches, and this sleeve will stay at 85 stitches until it’s done.
- It’s a one-row lace pattern. Every RS row is the same 6-stitch repeat.
- It’s a lace pattern that I memorized on the first row. When a pattern is this easy, it quickly becomes take-along knitting.
- It has this little wrapped-column effect, the result of slip 1, k2tog, psso. I love it in part because it reminds me of the wrapped cables on my beloved Whitby pullover.
- It’s easy to count rows. Every RS row is the same pattern. Every 8 rows you offset the little lozenges of lace. You know when it’s time to offset the pattern again when you can count 4 vertical holes in the lace.
- The yarn, Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Rustic Fingering, is a dream. It’s a bit woolly for August in New York, I’ll admit. But sitting in front of the fan knitting it, it’s fine, and come September/October, my Mood Cardigan will be the perfect lofty, light layer of merino.
Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Rustic Fingering, Shade: Cooper Circle. A nice rusty red with flashes of lipstick pink. Important note: In this yarn, you knit the mood cardigan with a single strand.
Technical note: How did I do the provisional cast-on? As always, with the crystal-clear guidance of Jen Arnall-Culliford, in this case her Crochet Provisional Cast-On video. It worked like a charm, on the first try.
Readers may be wondering, are we doing a knitalong for Jeanette Sloan’s designs in MDK Field Guide No. 15: Open?
Have you met us? Of course we are doing a knitalong!
We’re planning the official launch of the Field Guide No. 15 knitalong after the Labor Day holiday here in the U.S., which falls on September 7 this year. But there’s no reason not to knit along with me if you’re raring to go.
If you’ve got schemes and dreams, or questions and answers, about the Mood Cardigan, pop them in the comments, or join me over in the Lounge.
And if you fancy a flip through our fabulous look book of Field Guide No. 15: Open designs and yarns, tap here.