I know what you mean about gauge shock. After a summer of knitting socks on size 1 needles, I’m having a blast knitting my Main Squeeze Cardigan on US 11s.
I am going to look exactly this cute in it. PHOTO BY ELYSA WEITALA FROM MDK FIELD GUIDE NO. 12: BIG JOY.
I started on Sunday night. Here’s where things stood on Monday morning, 1 skein in:
Here was yesterday (Wednesday) morning, 4 skeins in:
Message from my floor: when you are 90 years old you will be scuffed up too.
Whoa, right? A person could get a closet full of wooly goodness knitted up at this pace.
A Few Notes
For fun and the expansion of human knowledge, I’ve been running the stopwatch on my phone when I’m knitting. Do you want to know how long it takes me to knit a skein of Rowan Big Wool?
Of course you do.
My four skeins on the body of the cardigan have clocked in at 1 hour 39 minutes for the fastest and 2 hours and 30 minutes for the slowest. I sometimes forget to turn the stopwatch on or off for a few minutes, but I think it’s fair to say that a skein takes 2 hours.
Since the size I’m knitting takes 11 skeins, that works out to a 22-hour sweater.
[Insert wide-eyed emoji here.]
One Sneaky Little Danger
I’m in love with the nubbly Sand Stitch that Jen Geigley chose for the body of the cardigan. The fabric has all the bumpy rhythm of moss or seed stitch, but the WS row is all knit, so it goes faster that the RS row, which is k1, p1. That knit-back row enhances the speed of knitting this sweater.
I’m never going back to seed stitch. Sand Stitch is the stitch for me! I want to use this stitch for blankets and scarves and everything that needs a little nubble but wants a little speed.
Believe it or not, this well-behaved fabric is the WS of sand stitch.
Small note of caution: the WS may be all knit, but the stitches present themselves as a k1, p1 rib. More than once, I have worked a whole WS row as k1, p1, and had to un-knit it. DOH! Still better than k1, p1 the whole way, though.
In the MDK Shop
I reached the 4-skein milestone 2 inches (so, less than an hour) before reaching the point in the pattern where the sleeves are attached and the raglan decreases start.
The pattern calls for the sleeves to be knit first. They are in plain stockinette. I was itching to get to the Sand Stitch portion of the program, so I started the body first.
Therefore, next up is knitting 2 sleeves in a hot minute (estimate: 4 hours total) and then doing the Exciting Sleeve Attachment Procedure.
For this, I’ll be re-watching Jen’s video guide to this very procedure.
Here it is:
Whee! Join me over on Instagram, where I’ve started the hashtag #KnitaCardiganinaWeek so that all us speed-knitting freaks can find each other and hang out together. We’re going to have a cute new sweater for Fiber Festival Season.