I had this stash yarn which my dad got me from an auction. I love the colors and wanted just the right project. Only one of the yarns has a label but they all seem to be wool and probably from the same company since the colors match well. I think they are just right for this project. The variegated blue hearts have a sort of fade effect, but I rather like it. Almost done with the first round of hearts. I probably will have to use more than 2 colors for the hearts, depending on actual yardage.
The variegated colors are singles, solid colors are 2 ply, all are sport/worsted. I’m using size 7 needles, including the ribbing, and took out 2 repeats. It seems about right so far, I’ll check the fit once I finish the first round of hearts.
So despite all the warnings about those decreases, and marking them in my pattern, I still managed to miss a few. At least I found them before getting too far along. This is proving to be a nice, fast knit though.
Nell, When you cable cast on for this do you suggest twisting on the stitch or just “looping” on? I recently saw some video that said to twist on so I did for this knock warmer which makes a very visible angled effect to each cast on stitch.
Off the needles, needs to be washed and blocked. This auction yarn has a slightly musty smell so I’m definitely washing instead of steam blocking. It came out a bit small but still useable. Since it already sits higher on my neck, I did a pretty short ribbing.
Next I am going to make one with the lightest color as the main color, and the full number of repeats.
Edit: So I realized I actually cut 6 repeats, not 2. No wonder it was small. My unblocked gauge is 4 stitches per inch on the completed dickie. The cast on circumference with gauge is just under 50 inches. So my cast on will be 204 stitches, which is 12 repeats. Pretty close match considering the difference in yarns. Fingers crossed for accurate fit this time.
Very happy with my progress although I’m cutting my finger tip with my needles. I’m trying not to knit too tightly. And, I just realized I’m making green hearts instead of grey. Oh well. I’m liking how it’s turning out. Yarn is a mix from my stash.