I’m going to confess to total dizziness when it comes to deciding on what sweater I am going to Bang Out come February 1.
It’s like looking at the tulip bulb catalog. The Schwinn bicycle catalog. The display case at the Donut Den.
There are three decisions to make. (All the details on Bang Out a Sweater can be found here.) In the interest of Showing My Work and also maybe gaining some clarity, here are the three choices I’ve struggled with. I welcome comments from everybody else who is likewise in the (superfun) gray zone of indecision.
Decision 1: Sweater Silhouette
(The yarn here is Perwinkle Sheep Merino DK.)
(This is Spud ’n’ Chloe Sweater yarn.)
Short sleeves, three-quarter sleeves, long sleeves?
Just make a capelet and be done with it?
I love a top-down pullover. I love a cardigan, too. And I love the short-sleeved cardigan, truly an idea I’d never imagined making.
There’s also Elaine’s Capelet—it’s a sweater without those pesky sleeves and torso.
(The yarn here is Julie Asselin Hektos.)
I’ve been wearing our sample Elaine’s Capelet all through the holidays, and it a) makes me feel snug and cozy in the clavicular region, b) lets me think about how fun it would be to make this, and c) gives me a shivery, vaguely ecclesiastical feeling. The word wimple comes to mind.
A thought: if anybody’s wanting to game this 28-day knitalong and engineer a plan for certain success, remember that the short sleeve option is going to give you a finished sweater way faster than one with long sleeves.
And (this hardly needs saying) Elaine’s Capelet is like a Disney World Fast Pass on this whole endeavor.
The shape I keep coming back to is a pullover with long sleeves. It just seems right for this. Decided!
Decision 2: Which Cable Design?
Norah Gaughan gives us three cable stitch yoke designs in Field Guide No. 9: Revolution.
Top: The Calligraphy Cable. Sculptural and graphic.
Middle: The cable from Elaine’s Capelet, or as I call it, the “Muffin Top” Cable. Or the “Scary Tentacle” Cable.
Bottom: The Liberty Tree Cable. Bobbles Optional.
(For those of you gazing into your Field Guide No. 9 and wondering if the cables from the Ironworks Beret will work on Norah’s sweater patterns, the answer is: not as it is written. The depth is a little different. If you’re dying to try it, we will cheer you on as you do the math or whatever jiggering is required to make the Ironworks cable pattern the correct size.)
Furthermore, Norah’s new collection Interchange(ability) has four more cable patterns to consider. She is so agile at this—each design requires such an understanding of how stitches can be manipulated to create all these effects.
I think I’m just going to have to flip a coin on this one. A seven-sided coin.
Decision 3: Yarn
This is where I go wobbly. I like all three yarns we’re suggesting for Norah’s Bang Out. Each has its own tender beauty.
Julie Asselin Hektos. Glazed, layered, subtle. For the Sophisticated Banger Outer.
Spud ’n’ Chloe Sweater. Wool and cotton. For the Banger Outer Seeking Solace and Comfort.
Periwinkle Sheep Merino DK. For the Banger Outer Who Wants to Feel Superspecial. In nine colors made especially for MDK and Field Guide No. 9. We spent a lot of time with Karin Maag-Tanchak figuring out these nine shades. OK, that does it. I gotta go with one of these.
Which leads me to . . . oh no, a fourth decision.
Decision 4: What Color?
Try something new? Stick with something I know I’ll like for sure because I already have three sweaters in the same color?
I think I’m closing in on this. But I’m glad I have another three weeks to fool around. There is something so great about worrying a lot about something where the stakes could not be lower.
Over in The Lounge, the topic Bang Out a Revolution is a great place to see what everybody’s up to, figuring out their Bang Out a Revolution plans.