or, that time I knit a sweater in the dead heat of summer.
I cast on the Magnolia sweater by Camilla Vad. I am working on the long-sleeve version in Rauma Lamullgarn color way 13, and Rowan Kidsilk Haze color way 664 held double. Both of the yarns are a light gray.
I am a fairly new knitter and I’m not very comfortable substituting yarn. The garments that I’ve made so far have pretty much used whatever yarn the pattern recommended. But Camilla Vad is currently updating her online yarn store and I couldn’t find another place to buy the yarn that the pattern specified. To make matters worse, my local yarn store was closed, because pandemic. So I tried my best and ordered some yarn that looked comparable online. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I figured there are worse things than having a sweater quantity of nice yarn, even if it didn’t work out.
The Rauma is really hairy, which was a surprise. I was worried it would be too scratchy for my liking, but after I swatched with the mohair silk and washed it, it softened up nicely. I swatched in the round and got stitch gauge, but my row gauge was off: 32 stitches per 10 cm as opposed to 30 stitches. I think it will be ok as long as I add in some extra rows as I go along so that it doesn’t end up too short.
Magnolia is a top-down sweater with short-row shaping and a beautiful twisted rib at the neck, the hem and the cuffs. There’s also a leafy lace detail at the hem and cuffs as well. I figured it would be a good introduction to lace since it was only in certain places instead of all over the place. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.