I finished one half of the front of Mariah back in February. Here she is:
|click on me for a (slightly) better view of the cabling|
After I put it on a stitch holder it looked a little big, which concerned me because cardi fronts (if anything) tend to look small, right? I measured it and sure enough, it was a good inch/inch and a half too big. WAY too big to salvage.
Now, I did a gauge swatch, and measured, and got perfect gauge. Then, since I planned on washing and drying this cardi, I even washed, dried, and re-measured it.
I think I used a bigger needle when knitting it though. It seems lately most everything I knit is on 7’s, but for some reason I knit cotton looser, so I had to go down to 6’s. I’ll bet I just grabbed 7’s without even thinking about it.
Not the end of the world. It’s a quick piece to re-knit. I think I did it on one Saturday morning and afternoon. But since I have to re-knit it anyway it has made me reconsider the color choice.
I have some celtic green cascade 220 in my stash that would also make a lovely Mariah.
So now I’m not sure what to do.
Stay with the black. It goes with everything. The cotton will make it more of an all-season cardi, and who doesn’t need more black in their wardrobe?
Or, go with the green. It’s a beautiful color, it’ll show the cables better, and if I’m already considering it then I should just go with it. Plus it’s from the stash and that’s gotta count for something, right?
I’m not putting up a poll because I want to hear your thinking behind the color (and fiber) choice.