So I picked up my Cash Iroha sweater yesterday. It has spent a couple of days in the knitting basket. I need to remember to take some progress pics of it.
I'm having a love hate relationship with this yarn as I knit. This used to be my absolute favorite yarn to fondle in the yarn store. I love it's softness and sheen and the handspun look of it. So I was giddy with joy when I found it on sale on webs and bought a a sweater's worth for $60.
I cast on a bottom up raglan because that's my favorite sweater fit so far. I ripped out the bottom 3 times finding an edging I liked, finally settling on a nice wide 7/3 ribbing. It gives a kind of subltle ruffle effect. I then knit the body up to the armpits in the round in a plain st stitch (and a bit of waist shaping.) I've never done such a big swatch of knitting with this yarn before, and I'm not sure if I'm entirely pleased with the result so far. The thin and thick quality of the yarn is making it look almost too rustic for me.
After thinking about it for a few days, I decided that I really need to work with the texture and go for a kind of tattered fairy feel to the whole thing. I increased the length of the body a bit to give make it more of a tunic, then I turned to the sleeves. I had the same edging problems I'd had earlier. The wide ribbing that looked so nice at the bottom of the sweater didn't work at all on the sleeves. I tried a hemmed edge but the fabric was way too thick for my liking. I tried a small rolled edge.. blech. Finally I picked out a very simple eyelet pattern. It's basically st st with a columns of zig zagging yo's. This controlled the curl and gives it an almost deconstructed look that works well with the tattered fairy theme.
The back of my brain is still worried that it's not going to all pull together. Maybe I could run some lace through the eyelets?? Rip it out and try again with the ribbing ruffle? Blarg. I've love this yarn and I really want to be pleased with the final project. Perhaps it needs to marinate a little longer.
At least I have nice stress free jaywalkers on the needles too!