Now that summer is upon us, Kay and I are getting our hot-weather knitting plan firmly in place. Front and center is the Granito pullover by Joji Locatelli—her elegant, soft sweater has lurked in our imagination ever since we saw it in MDK March Mayhem.
We hereby declare a Granito Knitalong—a low-key, use-your-own-yarn-or-get-some-from-us knitalong. We’re aiming for Labor Day as the finale for this thrilling event.
We brought this yarn into the MDK Shop because we wanted to make this sweater with the yarn Joji specified for it. Manos del Uruguay is a wonderful, nonprofit yarn company; their new yarn Milo is merino and linen, which seems like a good idea.
Of the shades we’re carrying, Potosi is my choice. Because it is gray.
A silvery, very pale gray.
It knits on a size 4, which means the fabric is remarkably lightweight. Manos del Uruguay calls this a DK weight yarn, but I wonder if a knitter with stash on hand could get 23 stitches to 4 inches gauge with fingering weight yarn. It’s a pretty small gauge, really.
This is going to be a lovely piece once it’s done. There are sweaters you make for the drama of it all, and sweaters you make because you want very much to wear them. I can’t wait to wear this.
It is a stockinette sweater, with clever construction moments along the way but nothing Hard about it.
The thing about a simple sweater like this is that you want to have it in a rotation of projects. Maybe you can crank a stockinette sweater in pale pale gray on size 4 needles in one awesome spasm of knitting. But I like to make a project like this part of a collection of projects—Romi Hill’s Talmadge Cloche for this month’s Year of Techniques is about to be my next cast on, and it is fancy and lace and small needled. Throw in a batch of Euroflax Mini Skeins for a color-crazy scarf, and suddenly I’ve found myself in a perfect loop of easy/challenging, don’t look/have to look, neutral/colorful, sweater/hat/scarf. It just doesn’t get better than that.
How to Get in on This Granito Knitalong
Get the pattern. Joji’s Granito is available straight from her, right here.
Get yarn. We have a rapidly dwindling supply of Manos del Uruguay Milo, so if you’re interested, please head over to the Shop now. If you’d like to use your stash, Ravelry’s Yarn Ideas for Granito shows you what other knitters have been using. (Yarn Ideas is one of the most amazing things about Ravelry. You really get to see what works and what doesn’t. Fascinating way to learn about yarns and what’s appropriate for a project.)
Commence knitting. We’re aiming for Labor Day, September 4 as a goal for completion. We’re terrible at these goals, either overachieving or not achieving at all. Is this lame? We know. But this is a ballpark estimate of when we’ll wrap up. Given the stockinette-intensive pattern, we think this is plenty of time.
Share and discuss in The Lounge. Here’s the topic set up for conversation about Granito, yarns, techniques, and whatever else you’d like to discuss.
Come on, all you stockinette enthusiasts—this one’s for you!