I fall in love with skeins. This is fine, because I basically decorate with yarn, and I consider my entire home my “studio.” But sometimes the challenge is figuring out the next step in the yarn’s lifecycle. And you know that what is irresistible in skein format doesn’t always make for a delightful finished product.
Solutions abound, and fortunately yarn dyers and clever designers often design to explicitly to incorporate these contemporary dyeing techniques. Such is the case with the speckles trend, which is still going pretty strongly as far as I can tell.
Hot pink is what I fell in love with, and I didn’t want it to be lost on my feet, inside boots all winter, subject to the vagaries of hard feet and hard footwear. The natural go-to in this situation is “neckwear,” like a cowl or scarf, or maybe something larger, like a stole or shawl. But how many shawls does a woman need? (I know, none of this is about “need,” is it?) And is that much hot pink really flattering right next to my face?
What I lacked was a collection of layerable garments, such as lightweight cardigans, so I designed this striped stockinette piece to fill that lacuna. The dark “Presley” colorway from Hey Lady Hey cuts the beautiful brilliant pink, and I think makes it look appealing. There are so many other interesting colors in the speckles that the visual interest remains, and “Presley,” while not speckled, is also not a solid, giving the sweater more depth than your run-of-the-mill French striped jobby.
Except for managing the striping row-count, this project is really a lazy person’s dream. You may even see a pattern for it soon. Basically it is a top-down cardigan with a stylized crew collar in garter stitch, with matching cuffs and button band. There is a little bit more to it than that, but not much. If you’re bored with stockinette and can’t get into a zone while binge-watching, this is probably not a good project for you. But if you’re anything like me and enjoy the meditative aspect of concentrating on your hands (not in an overly challenging way), rather than your chatty brain, then maybe you’d like to try it.
If you’ve made it this far and are interested in test-knitting for me, leave me a comment and I’ll contact you soon!
How do you like to use your speckled yarn?