I was mistaken about my mistake

Correction: I did not make the rookie mistake I thought I made. Yesterday, I pulled all the remaining skeins out of their bag to see if I could figure out which ball had come from which dye lot, and the two from the second dye lot were both still in there, untouched. So that’s just how different two skeins of Malabrigo Rios from one dye lot can be. Onward ho!

Rookie mistake (or not)

malabrigo rios dye lotsUmmm … remember how I originally bought four skeins of this Malabrigo, and later found two more? The latter were of a different dye lot. Given the nature of the yarn I wasn’t too worried about it, but I did mean to set them aside and hope I didn’t need them. Instead I forgot to do that and have now managed to use one ball from each batch. Without noticing until, y’know, eight inches later. (The peril of only knitting at night, in dim light.)

I don’t know which is from which dye lot — even better! — but I’m not a big fan of what’s going on with the second ball. It’s a lot more olive green, almost none of the aforementioned unexpected violet, and it’s stripier. The first one was more pointillist. Anyway, I think I can live with it.


(Correction: I was mistaken about my mistake)

This is happening

classic raglan pullover work in progress

I’ve got armholes and a neck. Going into this, the only part that really worried me was the neck — picking up stitches around that curved edge. I’ve picked up stitches here and there, but either a lot of them on a straight edge or just a few around a thumb gusset. Nothing like sloping edges in a spot as visible as a neckline. So I decided early on that I wouldn’t leave that for last. (If I’m screwing it up, I don’t want to do it after a month of knitting the body and sleeves.) So last night I took a deep breath and did it. It’s pretty close to perfect on the easy parts, but a bit dodgy right where I knew it would be. Still, not bad for my first try!

I also left in a lifeline at the end of the raglan increase rounds, because I’m messing with the measurements beyond that point and may feasibly need to rip back. More about that some other time.

Knitting, from the top

classic raglan pullover jane richmond knitting pattern

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.)