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Pascal cardigan knit along – select a size & swatch
Pascal Cardigan knit along – selecting yarn & colours
Welcome to this first article about the Pascal Cardigan knit along.
Today we will speak about choosing your yarn and your colours.
Starting with the yarn…you have the opportunity to pre-order the Brooklyn Tweed Quarry yarn to be used for this model. Quarry is a chunky sibling to Shelter and Loft, inspired by roving-style “unspun” yarns and offered in pillowy 100-gram skeins. Three strands of the same lofty, woolen-spun Targhee-Columbia fleece are gently spun together into a plump yarn that looks like a single ply and has greater tensile strength and stitch definition than a true unspun yarn. You can find more information on this product here.
The second possibility is to use the Andes from Drops. Andes is also a beautiful yarn, chunky, a mix of alpaca and wool. You can find more information on this product here.
Now let’s talk about colours…
To pick your colours (you will need 3 different ones to knit the Pascal cardigan), it is important two consider two notions: Hue (what we commonly call colour) and value which is a color’s relative degree of lightness or darkness. Every color has a value, though it may sometimes be difficult to discern depending on how saturated a color’s hue is.
When choosing colors for colorwork, value should be your starting point. The greater the difference between two values, the easier they are to tell apart. With stranded knitting, value is especially important, as colors are “mixed” with single stitches of one color next to single stitches of another. If your value structure is not varied, all your careful work may result in a muddy motif!
Value test your colors before you begin knitting:
- Place your potential colors on a flat, well-lit surface next to one another.
- Squint your eyes – do the colors become more or less similar in value?
- If your colors become too similar, consider adding a color with more contrast.
A more high-tech method is to take a photo of your colors on your phone and convert the image to grayscale. This removes the hue information and leaves only the value of each color to compare.
Once you have picked your colours you can use the colouring sheet here. This sheet will be a precious guide when you will come to knit the cardigan’s pattern.
Stay tuned for the next episode…choosing your size
Pascal Cardigan Knit Along
I am happy to introduce a new adventure to you knitters! This adventure will allow us to explore a variety of topics: colorwork, choosing your colours, selecting your size, seamless raglan construction, steeking…We will knit the beautiful Pascal Cardigan released by the famous american knitting company Brooklyn Tweed. This cardigan can be knitted for women or men and can be a great christmas gift!
Brooklyn Tweed is famous for their great designs but also for the quality of their patterns. It is a great school to learn some new techniques, which could look very complicated. But the way they write and describe their patterns makes the knitter’s life easy and the result always looks awesome!
Come and join us during this Knit Along (KAL). Here is the schedule
2-8 september: choosing your yarn, your colours and your size. You can pre-order the Brooklyn Tween Quarry Yarn here until 8 September. Delivery time expected is around 2 weeks.
15 september: a guide through the construction notes of the cardigan
22 september: how to do the “long tail cast on”
29 september: Part 1, cast-on and sleeves knitting
5 octobre: Part 2: knitting Pascal: beginning the body
12 octobre: Part 3: knitting Pascal: joining the sleeves to the body
19 octobre: Part 4: Steeking
26 octobre: Part 5: finishing
3 novembre: KAL wrap up
I do realise that some of you may have a busier schedule that others and it is most likely not everyone will be able to stick to these deadlines. Do not worry, you will be able to find a lot of resources on this blog. I will post every week pictures, videos, explanations. You will also be able to join a private group to exchange between yourselves, ask questions etc.
During this KAL do not hesitate to tag #brooklyntweedKAL, #littlemaille on your social media posts!
I am so looking forward to sharing this KAL with you!