The yarn I’ve used is, as you might have already guessed, Traveller by CY. I’m still very upset about CY shut down, but I’m happy to still have few more sweater quantities of their amazing yarn in my stash.
The color I’ve used here is very special: it’s the equivalent of the Bugga! Bubble Coral, one of the colors released in the first CY Yarn Club season (Club Kraken, Narwhallie’s Delight, March 2013). As you can see from the photos, it’s a sweet mix of light pinks, fluoro orange, lilac and blue, as in a Bubble Coral in fact!
These four skeins have been in my stash for over a year, waiting for the right project, but my first inspiration failed, due to the variegation of the yarn. I really wanted to use them in Jenny the Fair, M.J. Muchelstone’s cardigan published in Ysolda’s book The Rhinebeck Sweater, but I haven’t been able to find the right colors for the colorwork. All the ones I tried in my swatch were or too light or too dark, giving me not enough or too much contrast, and most of them were too similar to some of the areas of the background, resulting in a very-hard-to-see motif.
So colorwork wasn’t a good choice for this particular colorway, but I realized that a simple textured stitch as the one in Dessine-Moi un Mouton, was perfect for showcasing the beautiful variegation of the yarn, emphasizing all of the amazing soft colors present in each skein. That’s how my four skeins of Late Night Diner, which is the name of Bubble Coral in the Traveller base and which I think are the only four skeins existent on this planet, became a Fluoro Sheep!
For this version I followed the instruction for size M and did very little modifications. The first one was using just one color for the stripes, which I’ve knitted using The Nexus, a pale fluoro orange that in some areas matches very well the orange in the background giving me a very subtle striping, exactly what I was aiming for. Also, the stripes are all the same width of three rows and I spaced them a bit more apart too compared to the pattern, all at the same distance.
The other obvious modification I’ve made is knitting a different hemline. High-low hemlines are very fashionable and popular at the moment and I though it would go well with the boxy lines of this pullover. It’s knitted with short rows, which I’ve started about 1/4 of the way into the front and spaced every 2 stitches. Once I’ve reached the side “seams” I’ve knitted another couple of sets every 5 and every 10 stitches, to get a gentle curve, similar to the one in the Bluesand Cardigan. To highlight even more the hemline curved shape, I’ve casted off with the contrast color used for the stripes and I really like the result.
For the edgings, I’ve opted for my favorite one, 1/1 ribbing which gives the right amount of stretch but also stability to the whole garment.
The neckline was prone to curling so I had to frog the ribbing and choose another bind off. I decided to go with the one proposed in the pattern instructions, but the edging is not perfect as I wish it was. I tried to fix the rolling with the blocking and a good steam and now it looks way better. My only concern is that is gonna wear out of shape sooner than the ribbing and I might need to re knit the neckline again, one day. We’ll see.
I love pink – did you guess that? – and I hope none of my friends or relatives is gonna *steal* this sweater as I really want to wear it myself in a really nice and cold winter! In the meantime I fold it away, waiting for it and I cast on another …. Grettir! Yep, you read it right – I’m gonna knit the number five! A very good friend of mine asked for one in the same colors of my first one and luckily enough I’ve some more skeins of those colors in my stash, so here it comes, Grettir V! :)