Two gorgeous Camellia Fiber Company colors look even better together! I love how these soft, naturally dyed colors blend so beautifully together – they remind me of an early fall day at the beach.
Pattern: Tide Chart
Size: 40 1/2″
Yarn: CFC Merino Sport – 2 skeins Indigo/Rhubarb and 2 skeins Sylvan (325 yds/ea)
Needles: US 5s and US 3s (ribbing)
Borrowing inspiration from a fellow Raveler, I knit with the first color (blue) until 3 rounds after the short rows were completed; at that point, I switched to the second color (Sylvan grey) and knit in 28-round stripes.
Instead of a crew neck, I knit a rolled hem neck by picking up stitches as called for in the pattern, knitting 7 rounds, and then binding off.
Pattern: Hitchcock by Tin Can Knits, published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 14 (Fall 2015)
Size: 4 (40″ bust)
Yarn: 4 skeins O-Wool Local (50% alpaca / 50% merino) in color Wild Geranium
Needles: US 7s and US 5s
The body of the sweater is knit in reverse stockinette – I was amazed by how much you can see the difference between my stitch when knitting in the round (body) and when knitting back and forth (yoke). Luckily, I think it creates a cool differentiation between the sweater body and yoke, which is a good thing because I don’t think I could have prevented it even if I’d tried! I’m not sure how I feel about the look of a sweater worn “purl-side out” — it’s got a neat rustic quality, but I’m still not sure I’m sold on it.
I love the story behind this yarn, and it creates a beautiful halo (that would be the 50% alpaca) – however, it’s maybe a little too scratchy for a sweater? I also think the body came out a little long – I’d shorten it by an inch or two next time. The color is lovely in some lights, but it’s a little subtle and muddied for me in others. There are some beautiful colors in this yarn line that I think I would have preferred, in hindsight . . .