on the needles

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Cast on for Chapello sweater

Ah hah! Finally cast on today for what will be my second sweater! It is pattern #632 out of the Gedifra Highlight pattern book 042. It is knit in Chapello yarn which was a big pain at first but now that I am used to it I am kind of enjoying working with it. It actually hasn't slowed me down too much although I do have to constantly adjust my left hand to keep the yarn moving through smoothly. It is knitting up really nicely now. I am 17 rows into the back piece and I can really picture how it will look. My only complaint is that Chapello is one of those yarns that gives of a bit of fluff as you work it & the fluff always seems to go straight up my nose! I was intimidated to work with a seriously "fancy" yarn like this - I haven't tried anything else quite so drastic yet. But if you are thinking about choosing Chapello yarn for a project - go for it! It's fun to knit with - especially if you are using monster 12 mm needles like I am! :)

I am working with color number 4233:

Personally, I love Gedifra yarns & patterns. But - a word to the wise here - I discovered to my shock that the American needle sizes that are listed (at least with this pattern) do not correspond to the millimeter sizes. For instance in this pattern they suggested 10 mm (size 13) and a 12 mm (size 15). After struggling through several tension swatches that weren't coming out right - which is no fun with a yarn like Chapello which DOES NOT frog well! - I finally noticed that my Addi Turbos were labeled 10 mm (size 15) and 12 mm (size 17). So I was having trouble because I was choosing my needles based on the American size rather than the millimeter size. (Won't do that again!) Now I am wary of needle sizes with European patterns!


Blogger Pat said...

Damn europeans! What does frogging mean (in the context of knitting, of course)?

9:51 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I want one too.

7:54 PM  

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