Vanilla Bean

There are months in most knitters’ calendar when they can freely flock in various yarn groups and enjoy KALs, discounts, competitions or just have an excuse to knit :-) There’s Malabrigo March, Madelinetosh May or Plucky September. I took part in such a thing only once and it was Mad May. I found this to be a perfect excuse to ask my Hubby to buy me some Madelinetosh and I promised him I would make something really nice with it.

I made this sweater. Probably my most favorite cardigan ever. I wear it very often as it goes perfectly with a dress or a pair of jeans. This sweater also took part in a Mad May KAL in a competition for designers. It won! I was truly happy and proud, and when I got my prize I couldn’t stop smiling. One generous Raveler donated 6 skeins of Madelinetosh Merino DK in Vanilla Bean. 6 skeins! That’s a sweater quantity.

The yarn is beautiful, soft, with a nice twist (even though it’s a single-ply DK), but I must admit the color is really difficult. It’s really hard to capture it in a photo and it’s even harder to make it shine in a design.

I think it needs some texture and simple lines. No cables, absolutely no lace, nothing fancy.

So I swatched today. Double seed stitch, stockinette and 1×1 rib. I just love the double seed part! This stitch definitely is a must.

So now off to sketch a pullover :-)

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