In November, I knitted and knitted and knitted some more and 27 days later I had a completed cardigan. It was all in response to NaKniSweMo - a challenge to knit a sweater of more than 50,000 stitches in November. (The acronym stands for National Knit a Sweater in a Month. Though it should more properly be international these days). It was inspired by NaWriNoMo (National Write a Novel of 50,000 words or more in November). The sweater tried to document the process and kept a diary which you can read here.
A sweater in a month? Why not? I’ve done it before. A sweater of
50,000 stitches plus in a month? Doable. When the month is November….?
Now maybe, we’re pushing it. It’s marking month. I’m going on holidays
at the end of the month. It’s late spring here in Australia and the
weather is warming up. We’ve already had a few days over 30 degrees
Celsius. And I have to finish my DFAD for the IFFF Fungus Among Us CKAL
by the 18th. But what the hell, you never know till you try.
It’s time to knit something substantial for me. I’ve knitted both
Mark and Mel a jumper this year. I’ve made me two shawls and a stole and
a hat and some fingerless mitts (2 pairs). Must be time for a sweater
(or more properly a cardigan). I’m not so much of a sweater girl but I
do love me a good cardigan.
I swatched on the 31st October and washed and blocked the swatches on
the first of November. The pattern calls for DK weight yarn on 3.25mm. I
knitted swatches using both 3.25mm and 3.75mm of all three main
stitches. The row gauges given in the pattern for the rib are weird -
less rows over 10 cm for rib than reverse stockinette? I’m going to
match the row gauge for the reverse stockinette as the bulk of the
jumper is this and it only has rib bands.
Rhodium by Deborah Helmke from The Knitter Issue 70, The Platinum Collection
Yarn: dirty cream / tan /
latte coloured up-cycled yarn, pure wool blend with little black threads and
angor, op-shop special
Total cost: $5