March Cast On

My March cast on was originally scheduled to be Ellie’s graduation socks, but I started them early. I decided to make my March cast on the Throughstone Sweater. My colors choices are unusual for me (other than the teal).

The brown and purple are very similar in tone, but they won’t be used at the same time so I’m going with it.

It might seem odd to start a colorwork yoke sweater the month before the Arachne KAL starts, but there are several new to me techniqes I want to try out before I start knitting my Arachne with dreamy yarn.

I have completed the gauge swatch for this sweater. I knit a flat gauge swatch, as I normally scoff at swatching in the round. My gauge was so off I decided to try swatching in the round. I tried the technique where you use two circular needles of different sizes to knit a tube, knitting two swatch sizes at a time. While knitting that swatch I became paranoid that I wouldn’t remember the size of needles that I was using, or which needle I used on which side (yes, I realize the smaller the needle the more stitches I’ll end up with, but when I’m looking at gauge I’m easily flustered and confused). I decided to purl the number of stitches of the size of the needle I was using. It was very helpful, and I’ll be doing it again.

The pocket linings are used as the colorwork gauge swatches. I’ll be starting them soon, just as soon as I work up the courage.

Are you casting on anything new this month?

28 thoughts on “March Cast On

      1. I’ve never steeked but I don’t fear it. In one of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s videos she snips the sweater she’s wearing and adds an afterthought pocket. Just think what you can do with planning your steek:) It will be fantastic!

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      1. AJ says:

        That’s awesome! You’ve definitely given me something to think about. I’m just worried I would get overwhelmed with the amount of projects I had on the go

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  1. That looks so pretty! I am getting closer to casting on Orkney. It is slow going, but I think I’ll have sock #2 finished by the weekend, and sock #3 is actually going to be a darn I think. The hole dropped about 5 stitches and I think I can pick them up and darn it. There is hope!

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      1. My DH loves these socks, but he abused the last two pair I made (out of straight worsted–mistake) and I decided to save those 15 inch ribbings and out a new heel and foot in them. The next one will actually be a darn, and then I have another one that is blown out.

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