R.I.P. Year in Colour challenge, Part One

Remember this?
colour schedule

I think, for the most part, I did okay. By July, projects were getting finished (or just photographed) a little late… But by October, I hit a bit of a knitter’s block. My plan was to knit something in black, then something in grey for November, but I started knitting Hannah Fettig’s Featherweight Cardigan in single-row black and grey stripes, and this is where all the trouble started…

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So, it wasn’t specifically that it was a whole cardigan knit in sock weight yarn (which was, as seen above, Indigodragonfly Merino Sock, in “Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” [black, a quote from High Fidelity] and “Needles in the Brain” [grey, or specifically the “Also, I can kill you with my brain”-grey without the purple and green hues that are usually featured in that colourway, the name of which is a reference to River on Firefly, so if you’re familiar with that character you can see how “Needles in the Brain” is relevant to both her *and* my store’s name which is really just amazing, don’t you think?)… But no, it wasn’t just that this was a sock-yarn sweater, nor was it the fact that I was impulsively/compulsively changing the pattern, nor was it the choice of single-row stripes, nor was it the fact that October through December is easily my busiest season… but likely the assemblage of all of these factors combined with my totally unrealistic expectation that I could knit this sweater in a month. Or even two.

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But here, three months later, a soft, light-weight cardigan. I can see now why people knit sock-weight sweaters; it fits so nicely under all of my jackets, there’s no bulk at all, and yet as soon as I slip it on I instantly feel warmer. It still serves as a keep-warm garment, and while those of you who saw me knitting this for countless weeks know that I was not a very happy camper, I’m already eyeing the other sock-weight yarns, wondering which one will be next…

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*a note about the trickery of single-row stripes. No, I did not cut the yarn on every row. There were no ends. Simply, cast-on the cardigan body (knit from the top down with raglan increases, virtually seamless) – the body is knit back and forth on the circular needle like so:
knit across in colour A – slide the work on the circular needle to the original needle – knit across in colour B – turn
purl across in colour A – slide the work back – purl across in colour B – turn

After you negotiate purlwise increases left and right, you’re golden. For the sleeves, knit in the round, just don’t twist the strands after each round and the colours with spiral without a jog in the stripes. REALLY. I didn’t believe it either, but it actually worked. More info on spiralling stripes in the round can be found here: 


Oh, and for the final colour, white in December? Well, obviously I needed something small… and I’d been threatening to do this for a while:

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 It was time for the lamp moose to be properly dressed for his residence in a yarn shop. A miniature white scarf knit in leftover Fortissima Socka fingering-weight yarn. I blocked it and everything.


  • Cory Ellen
    Posted at 01:53h, 08 February Reply

    That is a brilliant striping method! And I love the finished sweater – I have a lightweight, store-bought sweater in small white & black stripes that looks very similar and I wear it all the time. I’m already wondering if I have enough of two colors of sock yarn to blatantly copy you and make one of my own…

  • Rachael
    Posted at 08:32h, 08 February Reply

    yay firefly!

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 12:28h, 08 February Reply

      Yep, I’m thinking I’m long overdue for a re-watch… 🙂

  • Lisa Noble
    Posted at 18:08h, 08 February Reply

    Bridget, the sweater is incredible….hmmmm,sock-weight sweater. I’m in love, but seriously think you’re a hero for not going insane with the stripes. Wow,serious wow!

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