I finally got tired of swatching and cast on for a new sweater. I’m making the A-line tank from the current KnitSimple, out of Berroco Nostalgia.
No, that’s not the back side. This tank is knit in reverse stockinette stitch with knit ribbing details. I sure am glad that I got all that reverse practice on the $1.50 cardigan! I’m really pleased with how my stitches look here. This sweater is wide and swingy at the waist, and decreases to a normal size at the bodice. I’m quite fond of this style, so I can’t wait to get this knit up! I bought 5 balls of Nostalgia, and I’ve gotten 5″ of the front out of the first ball. Hopefully I should have enough, but I think it will be very close! I’m not too worried, since the sweater will keep getting smaller (and using less yarn) as I knit higher.
I have another swatch today. It’s Elann’s new Callista yarn – a blend of viscose, cotton, and linen. This yarn did not wish to behave in stockinette. I went to the smallest size on the band (it calls for sz 3-5) and I still didn’t like how the stitches were laying. So I thought “hmm… maybe this yarn wants to be lace…” and I was right!
The dominant fiber here seems to be the linen. It also has a slightly “natural” smell, and I wonder if that is the linen . I’ll be honest, this isn’t my favorite yarn ever, but I am pleased with the swatch above. I think it would be a nice sub for Euroflax sport (they have approx. the same gauge) and am considering making the Tuxedo top out of the new Interweave in this yarn. Otherwise, I may make a simple lacy stole out of this, or else destash it to someone who will appreciate its qualities (I think I just don’t like linen.)