Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Corona Deuxième: Or; How I Learn to Keep Notes
Yarn: about 3.5 balls of Cascade 220
Needles: My beloved Boye interchangeables (methinks it's 5mm... whichever are the light pink ones)
Changed from first Corona: had to make the sleeves a bit wider at the bottom (this'll be reflected in the pattern).
Having already knit this sweater once, I'm able to directly compare the effects of expensive vs. economical yarn choices.
Both the Cascade 220 and the original Dream in Color "Classy" yarn were nice to work with. Neither had any knots in any of the hanks, the plies stayed together nicely (although if agitated, the Cascade would split a very small bit), the stitch/cable definition is perfect and the yardage count per hank is awesome-o.
Where the Dream in Color zooms ahead of the Cascade is in the beautiful colour and texture. Soooo very smooshy and inviting. If you've got the cash and you want a sweater to dive into, then this would be the way to go.
The Cascade 220 was exactly half the price of the Dream in Color, and this you can tell by its rougher texture (though not itchy! I wouldn't buy it if it were) and overall less elegant feel.
I've worn the Dream in Color Corona a few times, and can happily report pilling has not been an issue. I've only put on the Cascade Corona for the photos, and I fear that pilling may be imminent. When I was buying the yarn the cashier actually asked me if I was planning on felting a bag because "This yarn is really great for that!"
Ah well, I may or may not have a trick up my sleeve. I've heard through the grapevine that liquid glycerin, mixed with some water for a knit-soaking, will solve the pilling problem. I have as of yet to get my hands on the elusive liquid, but I'll definitely get back to you if it actually works.
These photos were taken pre-blocking, so the hood edge looks a bit floppy and rolly. It's easily fixed. (What can I say - I was excited that the day dawned bright and sunny!)
As for the pattern - since I've now completed this one, I have the info required to write up other sizes. Me and the maths are not the best of buds, so I'll have to be very nice to it and see if it'll cooperate with me and produce accurate numbers for all. The plan is to have it written up and ready to go by the end of the month.
unfortunately, I've tried to paste it here, but it just won't work with me.
Please see it here on Rav.