I’m having a lot of fun working on this sweater. Colorwork sweaters are my favorite sweaters to knit. This type of knitting never gets boring or tedious. The pattern recommended a single ply, fingering weight yarn. I’ve never been a fan of single ply or fingering weight yarn for sweaters and struggled with the yarn choices.
I have two concerns with single ply, fingering weight yarns for sweaters.
- In my opinion, it isn’t as sturdy as tightly twisted multiple ply yarns. Therefore, it tends to pill and look ragged sooner.
- With colorwork, it bothers me tremendously to see shadowing, or to see the floats showing behind the knitting.
Even with these concerns, I decided to go with Mrs. Crosby’s Satchel, which is just a tad heavier than most fingering weight yarns. Not only do I love her colors, but this yarn is a bit heavier than typical fingering weight yarns. In fact, most listings for this yarn classify it as a sport weight yarn.
With the yarn being a little thicker than most fingering weight yarns, and using the same size needle recommended for fingering weight yarn, the stitches seem to be a bit closer together. Therefore, I’m happy to say that I’m not seeing any shadows of the the background (dark gray) floats showing through on the light foreground (pinkish white) yarn.
The above photo was shared in a February 21 progress report. After seeing this photo from four days ago, I see that I’ve made more progress than I would have guessed.