Friday, August 10, 2012

swatching marant

After Anonymous contacted me about how one might create a Marant inspired sweater, ecomodista realized she must make one, knit in the round, from the neck down. First a swatch must be created. What I love about the S/S 2012 Marant knits is the casual, almost raggedy feel to these deconstructions. Why not use whatever odds and ends are lying around?

Note to self, must must must sell excess yarns on etsy, at my studio there are no leftovers, just overambitious skeins awaiting creation. I have a collection of Classic Elite Kumara yarn wool with 15% camel in various colors, but predominantly navy blue and a dark spinach green, which integrates well with stripes of Rowan's Linen Print, using #11 American size needles, although Classic Elite suggests #9. This swatch provides 4 stitches per inch or 16 stitches over 4 inches/10 cm and 19 rows. This may be too loose for a sweater knit in the round, even if one does create faux seams on each side, but to attain a similar slouchy look, it works. It never hurts to re-swatch with a smaller needle, to see how the textile will drape. When i cast on, will update this project, and will try to get medium and large sizings on this + the Noro gansey. 



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