Amy’s Thread: What’s On the Needles

New England has taken a turn into fall weather – in the last week we went from beach weather to beautifully moody gray skies and brisk morning temperatures – sweater knitting season is here!

In my last post, I mentioned that I’m playing along with the Fringe and Friends Amanda Knit-Along. This is really a cardigan knit-along so if you want to join you may knit any cardigan you like!

If the Amanda isn’t you’re style, I can suggest a few alternatives:

1. Flaherty from Norah Gaughan Vol. 15, knit in Blackstone Tweed, is hands down my favorite piece from our Fall/Winter ’14 collection.

2. Aidez  (destined for the cardigan hall of fame) from Knitbits. I keep imagining Aidez  worked up in our new fall yarn, Inca Tweed. This yarn has beautiful, classic “Berroco Colors” with complementary flecks of tweed. It is soft and lofty with a lot of textural character and would be a great alternative yarn to  Peruvia Quick.

3. Astor, again with the Peruvia Quick, has been in my queue since it was first released in booklet #299, but it has just been re-released as a free pattern in KnitBits with a handy video tutorial to help with the pockets.

4. Robes -Poems, from booklet #349 (and also available as a paid PDF download) is perhaps taking the definition of cardigan a bit broadly, but oh how I adore this piece! It features allover texture rather than cables and works up pretty quickly in Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

5. Not ready to face a whole sweater? Tancook, knit in Blackstone Tweed, from booklet #351 River is a triangle featuring cables and textures – this one is worked from the point up so it would be easy to make it as large or as small as you desire.

I am knitting the Amanda Cardigan in Ultra Alpaca, with a few minor modifications, which I will share along the way. I have my pattern, my swatches all knit up and now I just need to commit to a color… I’m between these two:

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or maybe one of these

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