I bought these 10 skeins of Rowan Wool Cotton, which were on sale for 40% off, on a day trip to Indiana. (That’s almost a half-off sweater!) The visit was spawned by Theories of String leaving this fair land to take on new adventures in Europe. Of course being a noble knitter, she pointed down the road to Sheep’s Clothing where we could pet some yarn. Low and behold, there was a sale rack. A sale rack with this yarn. And enough of this yarn for a sweater. So, I had to buy it all up to make a sweater. It had to happen. Don’t blame me. Blame Theories. I’m innocent. (Since the last time I really bought yarn was last year to make the Endless Knitted Cardi Shawl, I’m not doing so bad in my destashing efforts.)
Now comes the difficult part, where I belabor over which pattern I’m going to knit with this yarn. I’ve found five patterns that seem promising. Dear reader, help me in my choice.
Coraline, by Ysolda Teague (photo © ysolda)—I would definitely have enough yarn for this. I like the pattern a lot, and of course it’s designed by Ysolda. I think the blue would be pretty. Pattern cost=$8
Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (photo © Hannah Fettig)—I’m worried about gauge on this one; obviously I’d have to make a swatch. The medium might need 1300 yards, which I’d be just short of. But I’m a tight knitter, so sometimes I don’t need all of the recommended yardage. I like the looseness of this sweater a lot; I wonder how the yarn would hold up to the weight of the sweater over time. I’d hate it to stretch out. Pattern cost = $4.95
Textured Tunic with Side Buttons by Stefanie Japel (photo © Stefanie Japel)—I would have enough yardage. I’m a little worried that I’d knit this up and look like a big cow in it. The shape is very delicate, so this might a pattern you always long to make. Despite that I love this sweater. Love. It’s the only pullover in the collection to choose from. Pattern cost = Free (in my library)
New York Cardigan by Erin Harper (photo © Erin Harper)—I think I’d make a small, which I should have enough yardage for, but I’d have to research further to make sure. I like the pattern, it’s pretty cute. The edge is nice. I do have a few longer cardigans like this already. It would look great with belts I own. Three-quarter sleeves limits wear to the spring and fall for me. Pattern cost = $6
Moch Cardi by Gudrun Johnston (photo © Gudrun)—Plenty of yardage for this pattern. The different hem is nice; although is the edge really me? Three-quarter sleeves would limit the sweater for spring and fall. I’d have to find some choice buttons. I might already have some. Pattern cost = $6
So now time for votes. What do you think?
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