This yellow sweater is from the pattern. Mine is blue. Cote d'Azur to be exact. I'm just posting this picture to show how the sweater is constructed so this post makes sense.
The pattern is a top down raglan. I'm about six inches past the underarm in stockinette. I had forgotten how
To keep things interesting, I've been swatching possible stitch patterns for the wide band that goes up and down the front and around the back of the neck.
I was so sure I wanted to use the Garland pattern from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns for the border that I knit it into my original swatch.
Didn't work. The yarn I'm using, Hedonist Sock from Slackford Studio, 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 4 Ply Fingering Weight, is soft and fluffy. Also, I'm knitting with a US #4, 3.5mm needle, which is giving a much looser fabric than I normally knit.
Even though the Garland pattern is very pretty, I don't care for the way it looks for this pattern in this yarn.
If you're curious about Garland, you can see where I used it in a firm fabric knit with a firm yarn here.
The rejection of Garland as a border got me browsing through my stitch pattern books. I love browsing and imagining in stitch pattern books.
I'm a bit nervous about having enough yarn to finish the Featherweight Cardigan in the longer length I plan on knitting. Since I had some Cardinal Red Hedonist yarn left over from a sock project, I used that for my experimental swatching.
This is Block Quilting from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
Too much curl to work as a vertical border. Yes, I could add a bit of ribbing or seed on the edge, but I'm not thrilled enough with the way it looks to bother.
After this swatch, I tentatively decided something with a ribbing base would work best.
This is Jewel Cross-Rib from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
I like the way this looks, although it needs a better edging than the wavy garter stitch.
Turning it vertical, the way it would appear on the sweater front, I'm not so fond of it.
I haven't totally rejected it, but I'm not in love with it either. More swatches of different stitch patterns are planned. Anything to avoid the endless stockinette.
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