Friday, September 9, 2011

Not pictures of my knitting

No, instead I want to show you something I _want_ to knit.  But I need some help.

This is the Bunny Yoke Pullover by Angela Hahn.  I want to make it for EVERYONE.  But first: for at least one baby.

1) Rowan Cotton does not excite me as far as yarn goes AND seems expensive.  No thanks.
2) Obviously the colors need to change.  I'd prefer black bunnies* over white, and the pale pink will have to go.

Questions for YOU include:
1) Fingering held double = DK?  I feel like fingering held double feels more like worsted, but with my usually loose gauge, maybe it would work?
2) For those who have used Plucky Yarn....Plucky yarn?  I don't have any in black, and don't really feel like I should buy more yarn (though maybe I could find someone on the boards who has a little extra they'd trade or sell.)  The other challenge would be finding non-variegated yarns, though most of the Primos have been solid colors recently, so maybe I could do something with that.
3) Other thoughts, opinions?

* For an example of a black bunny rabbit: see below.


HEB said...

I unfortunately now think I will need to make this for a little girl who is mildly (and adorably) obsessed with "hop hops". In fact, I kinda wish you'd never shown this to us, because picturing her pure glee at such a sweater has me convinced that I will have to make it. (Even though this year was supposed to be a non-knit presents year!)

My best guess at answering your questions:
1/ Probably depends on whether it's a true fingering or a light fingering. But the last time I held a true fingering double, it was definitely a worsted weight. However, you could just knit a smaller size of the sweater at the larger gauge.
2/For Plucky, maybe either the Merino Lite or the MCN Sport? I think both are superwash. I might go with something else for a project like this, however, where I could have a little more control over the colorways available to me. If you didn't mind going up in gauge, you could look at the Spud and Chloe Sweater.
3/ If the bunnies are black, will you outline them in white? From reading the pattern description, it looks like this is supposed to be fair isle, but do you see any problem with switching it to intarsia to avoid floats? That would be my inclination, but maybe you'd end up with too many bobbins?

Elizabeth said...

Oh no! Sorry dude. This sweater comes in many sizes, so it could wait and she'd be none the wiser.

1) Hmm, yeah. I feel like the plucky superwash fingering held double might work, but not the MCN.
2) Yeah, I have some good plucky colors, but not quite enough. That Spud and Chloe sweater you made is really pretty, and apparently they carry it at Article Pract, so I could conceivably start this project sooner rather than later.
3) If I know what I'm talking about (not a guaruntee) I prefer fair isle to intarsia, but I've figured out a way to handle floats that satisfies me (even if it's not the "correct" way.) Still, I am nervous about the intarsia-ed part of the sweater being tight. Definitely use a larger needle than you would for that weight yarn. I think I find that I don't use the needle they call for still, but I got one size down instead of two (something like that.) But, if you prefer intarsia, I don't see why not!

lmz said...

Elizabeth I happened across this today (google buzz) and I don't know what most of these words mean but that bunny pullover and that bunny are *awesome*!

Also you should make this: In black. :)