In our previous episode, a chorus of knitters suggested swatching the yarn combinations I’m mulling for my Mood Cardigan.
I am ON IT.
If you’re just joining us, Jeanette Sloan’s Mood Cardigan (quickly becoming a favorite) calls for two laceweight yarns to be held together. Or one fingering weight yarn held single.
Have you noticed all the marling and combining going on these days? It’s sweeping the knitting world. Everybody’s doing it! I’m climbing onto this bandwagon with a tote bag of yarn and an open mind.
In the MDK Shop
The questions for me: What fiber combination creates the fabric that I most desire for my Mood Cardigan?
And what color combination is The One?
I didn’t realize how totally into this I was going to get. Properly into it. Stay with me. World peace depends on how this thing turns out.
Lustrous Fyberspates Gleem Lace, fluffy Fyberspates Cumulus.
I started with the combination I thought I was going to love the most.
Gleem LACE Plum Imps + Cumulus Magenta
Cool, but what about my Gleem Lace? Magenta is hogging the microphone.
Maybe a contrasting color will let my beloved Plum Imps shine.
GLEEM LACE Plum Imps + CUMULUS GlOAming
Or not. Holy smoky, this is not what I thought it would be. I thought it would be elegant and understated and fancy. But no. If this were a Stephen King novel, it would be The Gloaming. Dim, grim, and mousy. (No offense, mice—you’re beautiful.)
Brainstorm: what if I abandon Gleem Lace altogether and go with a single strand of Cumulus, that airy wonder yarn?
Cumulus Magenta, single strand
Gorgeous. A beautiful shawl could come of this, but for a garment like the Mood Cardigan, I crave more more weight and drape.
I circled back to Gleem Lace. I love Gleem Lace. What about doubling Gleem Lace?
Gleem Lace Plum Imps, doubled
I really love this, the slink and drape of it. And the luster! But I have a crush on Cumulus at this point.
What about a deeper Cumulus color? Maybe Magenta just didn’t want to hang out with Plum Imps. Let’s try another Cumulus.
Gleem Lace Plum Imps + Cumulus Plum
Oh. Wow. This is interesting. I love magenta (where would offset printing be without it?), but that magenta is ZINGO. This slightly deeper shade is something I’m more likely to imagine in my closet. And the little flickles of Gleem Lace come and go. I think this will look good as a swath of modern lace. It’s going to be a supersnuggly cocoon to get me through the end of the year.
By the way, Cumulus is alpaca fluffy, not mohair fluffy. It does not make me itchy.
Yarns do all sorts of wacky things when paired together. The stitch pattern, the needle size, the size of the project—all affect how two yarns will look when knitted together. One yarn can overtake the other. One color can dominate. Seeing what happened with these yarns was very surprising to me.
Come Knit Up a Good Mood with Us
Our knitalong for Field Guide No. 15: Open is just starting—plenty of time to jump in and start scheming. If you’re on Instagram, our hashtag is #MDKOpenKAL. Tag your photos with the hashtag and we’ll share them in our posts and stories. (And don’t forget to share any MDK projects with the hashtag #mymdk, so we can freshen up the gallery of FOs on our homepage.)
And of course, we’ll be knitting and carrying on together in the MDK Lounge. Swatching encouraged.
PS In case you need some proof of the Mighty Redemptive Power of Blocking, here’s the Before:
And the After:
It all relaxes in a beautiful way.