OK, I did it. On Friday night I did my gauge swatch and consulted my needle stash and made a pattern decision. And on Saturday I cast on. I’m not going to give you a play-by-play or anything, don’t worry, but for those interested here’s what I’ve embarked on.
I only want the very most basic raglan pullover, and I could improvise this from what I learned in Barry Klein’s class, but the one thing we didn’t really get into was neck shaping. I also have Barbara Walker’s classic (awesome) book, Knitting from the Top, which I could also go by, but it is 100% theory. And for my first real sweater, I feel like just following a pattern. So I’m going with Jane Richmond’s Classic Raglan Pullover and trying not to divert from it. I want to knit it as written once — adjusting at each step for my desired measurements — and see how it turns out. The pattern is written in a fill-in-the-blanks style, with a measurements chart you consult to get the right stitch/repeat counts. It’s beautifully straightforward — I’d be comfortable with this even if I hadn’t taken that class, etc. So it should be good. It will likely take me an eternity, but it should be good.
p.s. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios, in Aguas. This is my first time working with Rios and it’s at least as wonderful as the other Malabrigos I’ve worked with. (Which would be Worsted, Chunky and Twist.)