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