Congrats to Anne G who was randomly chosen as the winner of the giveaway!
The Glaswegian sweater was designed for the Deep Fall 2017 issue of Knitty. The cardi is named for an unexpected detour taken with my friend Thea Colman (designer of the Clover Club, the Rye Cardigan, and the Baby Cocktails Patterns) on the road to Shetland.
This sweater was knit on while traveling on a 13 day trip to Scotland. I left with the stitches for the body and a sleeve cast on and carried it with me everywhere I went for 11 days—on planes and trains, on ferries and in cars. Ístex Plötulopi, which we’ve just begun distributing in North America, is a perfect travel companion, the cakes of yarn weigh practically nothing, and they smoosh down nicely into a suitcase as well. Long stretches of stockinette stitch for the body and sleeves make for a pleasant companion for watching scenery roll by on the road. The finished garment dried in no time, making it possible to wear on the return trip home.The ample yardage of each plate (328 yards to 100 grams) meant that even when the second sleeve was lost on an airplane (mid sleeve!), I had more then enough yarn to knit a third. Added bonus—a knitting bag stuffed with all the cakes doubles nicely as a pillow during long layovers and unexpected detours. Like when we found ourselves flying to Glasgow instead of to Edinburgh.
Fortunately Glasgow is a short train ride away from Edinburgh, and the misadventure gave us the opportunity to do a little exploring in a beautiful city that we would have missed entirely. The sharp-eyed will notice that though the pattern includes instructions for adding buttonholes, this sample sweater doesn’t have buttons. On the 12th day the sweater was finished but had no buttons. I had hoped to finish it while still in Scotland and I was determined to photograph it there, and I did! Without buttons. I’m still hunting for the perfect buttons and hope to have them sewn on in time to take the sweater with me on my next adventures.
To celebrate this new-to-Berroco fantastic yarn, as well as the 15th Anniversary of Knitty, we’re giving away the yarn to knit a Glaswegian cardi to one lucky knitter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. In keeping with the theme of the design, tell us a story about a travel adventure or misadventure that you had (or nearly had). Comments do have to be approved, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. We’ll choose a winner on Friday, September 29, so you have until 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, September 28, to leave a comment. This giveaway is open to anyone in the world ages 18 and older.
For another chance to win, be sure to follow the Knitty blog—they’ll be hosting their own giveaway for this cardigan very soon!