Today we have a One-WIP post to feature something I’ve been working towards for a while and wanted to finally show off: the first major color shift in my Hitofude Cardigan!
I’ve been knitting lots of different things, so this hasn’t been an exclusive project. However, it’s been the one that’s really interested me the most and so even though I’ve been spreading out the actual knitting time so that I don’t have any lingering UFOs, this is the project that I’m the most excited about (and hence have been knitting on the most lately).
I’ve gotten to the part where I have seamed the sleeves, and that’s neat. I’m currently finishing up the part that is both the neck ribbing and the waist shaping. Next after this is binding off the neck and then continuing down the back of the sweater. However, the part that I’m the most excited to share is that the green that started the project has given way to turquoise blue! Yay!
The one thing I don’t like as much about this yarn and the way it changes color is that it’s a cotton blend, and so the fibers don’t felt together slightly the same way they would if it was wool. And that means there are little loose bits of fluff where one strand of color ends and the next begins. So when the blue started to fade in, I could easily tell because of the change in the yarn texture. (example in the pic below)
I’m just hoping that the way the yarn is spun will still make it a strong finished object even with the way the colors are joined into the skein. With wool I worry less, because the slight felting means that the fibers stick together. Cotton doesn’t do that. However, I didn’t see anyone complaining about the strands breaking easily when I was looking at projects made with this yarn, so I’m hoping that everything will be okay in the end.
I did see other people complaining about the little nubbs where the color changes happened, so I know that I’m not the only one to notice this. However, if the sweater wears well when it’s finished, I will probably be making more with this yarn! It’s nice to work with, which for me is rare with cotton. And while I love knitting with wool, in my usually warm climate, using cotton blends mean I will be able to wear the garments more often.
(And yes, the post title is a nod to one of my favorite songs in the musical Grease. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved that song.)