Monday, April 22, 2013

Mindy KAL begins

Interested in making the magnificent Mindy cardigan by Julia Farwell-Clay? Then come join us with a new KAL that began over the weekend. This worsted-weight cardi comes in sizes up to 61 inches and in two lengths, regular and long (but you can of course make the sweater whatever length you want).

Here's how Julia's describes her Mindy design: 
I love graphic cables and snuggly collars. For the Mindy cardigan, I combined my two favorite sweater elements for a cozy sweater to wear for the first fresh air stroll in early spring. The slightly a-line cardigan with wide cable panels that act like ribbing and pull in a little. This makes Mindy a very forgiving sweater as far as fit goes. The sample shown is worn with several inches of positive ease...
The sweater is knit using traditional construction, worked as pieces and seamed although knitters are free to knit the front and back seamlessly. The set-in sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm bind-off. The collar is knit using short rows to incorporate front placket stitches, and finished with an i-cord edging. Collar can be worn up for a Mandarin effect as seen in the detail photographs, or folded over as shown.

Julia is knitting right along with us using Patina, another colorway of the gorgeous Lorna's Laces Haymarket yarn. I envy her ability to wear such a warm and wonderful color. Oh, how I long to make a yellow sweater!

Lots of participants are using Berroco Vintage, including Karen, who along with her beauteous black and white cat is knitting her sleeve in the Breezeway colorway.

Yvonne has knitted my favorite swatch - isn't this amazing? She lives in Germany and is using Lana Grossa Nord, a now-discontinued yarn I haven't been able to find in the US. I'd be making my Mindy in this stunning yarn if I could find it.

Instead, I'm making my Mindy in Knit Picks Capra in Celestial blue. I was going to use this yarn to make the Mork, the sweater companion to Mindy, but decided the Mork would be too clingy on me. Capra offers terrific stitch definition so the cables pop. And it's soft soft soft which still having some body, too.

If you'd like to participate, it's not too late. The examples you see here are from the early birds - the slow pokes are still getting their yarn and knitting their swatches. We'd love to have you along for the ride - come join us!

I'm going to be a little slow-going myself because I'm working on a cardigan for my youngest sister who is expecting. I love the cables and color of the Knit Picks Bare Worsted. My goal is to create a classic Aran sweater, complete with small woven leather buttons, as an heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation, worn by both boys and girls. Thus far, it's turning out exactly as I hoped. The pattern, Aran Jacket, is from Debbie Bliss' New Baby Knits. The book is out of print now, but I easily found a used copy. Thirty fabulous baby sweaters, all designed by Debbie Bliss. Can't beat it.

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