Let’s Knit Along!
We’re so excited to finally start our Pascal Cardigans with you for our Winter of Colorwork KAL — are you?! Let’s get to it…
Cast On & Sleeves
This week we’re starting with the sleeves. They’re knit in the round, starting with a garter stitch band, so the Long Tail Cast On is a great choice to create a tidy edge.
But first — have you swatched in garter stitch, stockinette, and colorwork to determine the needle sizes you’ll need?
14 stitches & 22 rounds = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking | Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)
14 stitches & 20 rounds = 4″ in colorwork chart patterns with Size B needle(s), after blocking | Suggested Size: 6.5 mm (US 10½)
14 stitches & 32 rows = 4″ in garter stitch with Size C needle(s), after blocking | Suggested Size: 5.5 mm (US 9)
(Your colorwork fabric should be swatched, wet-blocked, and measured when dry to determine whether Size B should be larger, smaller, or equal to Size A. We recommend Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting, described in the Special Techniques section of your Pascal pattern and in our Swatching 101 article.)
Check your pattern schematic before casting on to see if you’ll need to lengthen or shorten your sleeves. Remember to take yoke depth into account – the deeper the yoke, the farther down your body the armholes reach, so the wrist-to-armhole length of your sleeves will be shorter. (Pascal’s yoke and armholes are a few inches deeper than you’d find on a slim fitted pullover, for example.)
Tip: You’ll need to make any length adjustments before reaching the colorwork section of your sleeves, so that the colorwork will line up on the sleeves and body of your sweater. Don’t worry – if you finish your sweater and discover your sleeve length isn’t quite right, it’s easy to fix!
Cast on your sleeve with your Size C needle for the garter stitch cuff, switch to your Size A needle to knit the main portion of your sleeve in stockinette, then switch again to your Size B needle for the colorwork section.
Before starting your colorwork section, read about color dominance and maintaining even float tension in our Stranded Colorwork 101 article.
The column to the side of each of the colorwork charts in Pascal illustrates which colors should be held in which position so that the colorwork motif will stand out from the background.
The dominant color should always be stranded below the background color. If you hold one color in each hand, the easiest way to manage color dominance is to hold the dominant color in your left hand and bring it from it below the background color (held in your right hand) on the WS of the fabric. If you hold both colors in the same hand, be sure that your dominant color yarn is always coming from below your background color yarn.
In the example above, the light colored motif will stand out against the dark colored background. If you have a dark motif on a light background, be extra careful to maintain color dominance so that your dark color doesn’t visually recede. Following the color dominance guide in your pattern will ensure that your colorwork pops!
Note that there is a separate colorwork chart for each Pascal sleeve – mark each sleeve as you finish it so you can tell the left sleeve from the right.
Once each sleeve is complete, transfer your stitches to a holder or to waste yarn – then you’re ready to knit the body!
How to Knit Along
For our Winter of Colorwork KAL, we’ll be knitting the Pascal cardigan from our Winter 19 collection – but you can choose any pattern you like! We’ll share our tips and techniques for working each part of the cardigan — choosing colors, swatching for stranded colorwork, sweater construction, and steeking, to name a few.
Choose your favorite yarn and knitting project that features stranded colorwork. (The project should be knit using Brooklyn Tweed yarn, worked from a Brooklyn Tweed pattern, or both.) If you already have a WIP, feel free to join the KAL to finish your project or ask us questions if you’re stuck.
• Check with your local yarn store to see if they have classes or meet ups scheduled for the KAL.
• Follow the Winter of Colorwork KAL thread in the Brooklyn Tweed Fan Club forum on Ravelry.
• Read our weekly blog posts for each week’s tips and techniques — no matter your knitting pace!
Next week: Part 4 — Begin the Body!