I want to knit myself a black cardigan for Winter. A cardigan that will 'go with everything'. Black is not an easy colour to dye in quantities big enough for a cardigan, so I'm using a commercial yarn rather than spinning my own:
This yarn is made in Turkey and is 25% wool, 75% acrylic. I looked at patterns and settled on two that I liked:
Then it was time to knit swatches. The cardigan on the left is knitted on 4 mm needles. I cast on the number of stitches for the tension square given in the pattern, plus a border of 3 stitches on each side:
It's not absolutely square, but the width is correct, which is the important thing. The cardigan on the right is knitted on 4 1/2 mm needles. I didn't knit much of the square because it soon became clear that while the measurement was correct, the fabric was too thin. I've held it up to the light to show that there are too many spaces:
So the choice has been made: Classic charm from Knit-today magazine, April 2012.
I like the way the figures for different sizes are written in different colours, which makes it easy to follow the directions for a given size. I've cast on for the back and made a start: