Clotheshorse Magazine is hosting a cardigan knit-a-long. I thought I might participate because I've been admiring Chatsworth and Silvana and Valois. I just had to choose one and buy yarn.
I don't have a real stash to dive through---just lots of odds and ends which I thought might be good for the Chatsworth stripes. In fact, I had several combinations of colors which might have looked good. The problem was, when I got to Knits by Nana, only two stripe colors coordinated with any of the main color choices. I need four.
So against my better judgment I bought another two colors in my chosen yarn (Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool). When I tried the color combination in Swatch #1, I was dissatisfied with the vertical stripes. They look okay in the photo above, but in real life the orange stripe was way too bright next to the green.
So I duplicate stitched the orange over the top of the blue stripe, pulled the blue out, and slip stitched it next to the green.
The orange fits in better sandwiched between two slices of tomato. I like the variegated yarn when it runs horizontally, but I'm not so sure about the vertical stripes. The individual colors jump out at me more when lined up vertically.
Maybe a companion stripe would be a good idea. (Sorry for the blurry photos.)
But now the left stripe was too strong---same problem as in Swatch #1. Then I saw the solution.
Designer Amy Gunderson used 5 colors of tweedy yarn for the original Chatsworth. The colors were well chosen and the plaid chart worked. For her.
But my plaid is missing that over-and-underness common in tartan patterns. I can provide that!
Still, I found myself wishing for a little more strength in the green stripe. I went back to the odds-and-ends bag I had taken to Knits by Nana.
And I found a dark brown Shepherd's Wool that I had discounted previously. What a difference that makes!
Swatch #5 is my pick. What's your preference?
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