I always have trouble finding a knitting focus in March. The weather is getting warmer but there are lots of winter projects in the WIP pile.
Then Karma posted about the Drops Circle Cardi and I knew I MUST HAVE IT RIGHT NOW.
Best part? It’s a free web pattern so I could start immediately.
The gauge is a bit heavier than I usually like (15 sts over 4 inches). The pattern combines a Cotton Viscose yarn with an Alpaca to get that gauge, but I didn’t want to use the alpaca since I see this being a transitional piece I could wear in spring and fall, and selectively in the summer and winter months.
After some digging and shopping I went with an unusual combo — Classic Elite Bam Boo in Black plus 2 strands of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Midnight. Now I know I said I didn’t want to use the Alpaca, but I don’t think the laceweight should add much warmth. It was *just enough* to get the Bam Boo up to the right gauge.
|the midnight alpaca cloud looks so green!|
Knitting with the three strands makes for lots of untangling, but so far I love the product. You can’t tell in the pic but I’ve just started the area where the pinwheel starts to come in on the right hand side of each diamond.
I’m a little concerned about the fit in two places on this garment. The sleeves are knit by creating a slit with some waste yarn. Once you’re done you go back, pickup live stitches and knit the sleeve down from that point.
The other place is the neckline — which judging by the picture could be too wide. This will definitely be
Good times for sure, and it’s exactly the kind of kickstart I needed.