Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I had spun and plied about 1200 yards of the yarn you see here. I had intended it for weaving but then decided that it would look much better knitted up. So I designed a top-down raglan cardigan with the top starting about 2” below the normal top for a cardigan and with a slightly scooped neck in the front. I did this partly because I knew I really didn’t have enough yarn and I was working out ways of knitting that might allow me to use this yarn. I intended to crop both the body and the sleeves, for example.
And I do like the way the yarn looks knitted up.
But the problem is that the yarn is very fine and that it is a 2-ply. Because it is very fine, I am knitting it on size 3 needles, but I think size 2 needles might have been a very slightly better choice. And because it is a 2-ply, the yarn doesn’t really fill out the stitches, which is probably why I think a smaller needle might have worked better.
I was OK with the idea that it might take the rest of my life to knit a cardigan on these size needles (VBG!). But I finally decided that I was not OK with the fabric that was being created. It was also becoming clear that because the yarn was so fine I really didn’t have nearly enough yarn.
The size of this yarn, by the way, is really my default yarn when I spin with my electric spinner. It is a nice size and consistency for weaving, but to knit with it, I would have to spin enough to make a 3-ply yarn. Unless I plan to knit lace for which 2-ply yarns seem to work very nicely.
And then a thought came to me. I could use it in shadow weave with the same size silk in one of the greens. I might even consider painting the silk warp in two of the greens and then paint the silk weft in those same two greens.
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