River Crossing

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If you’re wondering how I managed to finish two sweaters in two weeks, don’t worry — I didn’t. I started this one last fall, then shelved it in favor of Christmas knitting, then I wanted to knit my heavier-weight Acer Cardigan¬†first so I could get some wear out of it in the chilly early months of spring. All I head left on this one was the sleeves and the collar, which is what I finished over the past two weeks!

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This is River Crossing, from Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s lovely book¬†Winged Knits, knit in Hazel Knits Piquant Lite in the Nickel colorway. I honestly would not recommend knitting this pattern using this particular yarn, as it’s a bit too thin, but I was dead set on marrying this color with this sweater and I’m pretty satisfied with the results.

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I was able to get gauge with the thin yarn — on the recommended needles, no less! — but the fabric is quite open and prone to stretching, and the texture around the collar doesn’t pop like it could. A plumper fingering weight yarn would make a sturdier fabric and make the whole piece tidier.

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Even with these issues, I’m happy with the finished garment — it’s a good basic sweater, and something I already find myself reaching for regularly. My only complaint about the pattern itself is that the yardage estimate seems way off — in the size I knit (36 3/4″), 1180 yards were called for and I only used 880! That means I have a lot of this pretty gray yarn left, and I’m thinking about using it as the base color in a scarf or shawl that’s striped with lots of leftovers from other sock and shawl projects. Hooray for stashbusting!