How do you go about doing this?
- Do you start with a particular pattern, and then find the yarn (in your stash or at your LYS)?
- Do you open your stash drawers and bins, say to yourself, “I gotta use some of this up!” and then go seeking the pattern that will work with it?
- Perhaps you visit your LYS, and a yarn catches your eye, and your fingertips adore it.
- Or maybe you see a pattern knitted (or crocheted) up at your LYS, and that piques your interest
- Is scrolling through a pattern book or magazine where you start your venture?
- Are you so utterly disciplined that you have a queue of Objects to Make, and stick with it (bless your heart)?
I am finishing up a sleeveless top, and trying to decide what to do next. Living in the south (in soon-to-be Dorian Country ) my stash yarns are mostly fingering and cardigans get more wear than pullovers, but my handspun is DK, and one day I hope to be able to afford to travel to Alaska and see the aurora borealis, so a jumper is a possibility. I can’t get row and stitch gauge on the same yarn, and don’t like the way raglans or dolmans fit - I’m a set-in-sleeve fan.
Scrolling through my magazine collection (and a few books), I’ve noted that fingering weight yarn is increasingly being knit at sport weight gauge (24 to 26sts/4" or 10cm) rather than the tighter 28 to 32 traditional gauge - maybe because modern patterns emphasize more drape? Anyway, I’m still at the very early stages of choosing; haven’t even started a gauge swatch. I do know that I want to use texture - stitch patterns, possibly lace, possibly cables (possibly both - I have two Hitomi Shida Japanese knitting stitch pattern books I routinely drool over) rather than colorwork, just because my two possible yarns are solid or semi-solid.
What do you do? Have you a favorite fingering weight, set-in sleeve cardigan? A DK weight jumper you enjoyed knitting?