Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Corona Deuxième: Or; How I Learn to Keep Notes

Pattern: Corona
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.


Ellen said...

This one turned out very cute! I know this will be next in my queue, just can't decide on yarn choice...maybe Malabrigo...hmmm. :)

Kai said...

It's gorgeous! The more I see this the more I can't wait for the pattern!

soknitpicky said...

I think this is my fav of your patterns to date. Beautiful work! Keep us posted on the glycerin thing

Susan said...

This one came out very nice, too! This is a great pattern you've come up with, for sure.

patricia said...

So lovely, I can't wait for the pattern

theresa said...

I like the creamy Corona! Thanks for the tip on the glycerin - I'll have to try that. I've got glycerin at home b/c it's an ingredient for home-made bubble-blowing liquid (name??) stuff for my kids. I bought it at Shopper's Drug Mart, just ask the pharmacist for it - it costs a couple of bucks.

Fel said...

Lovely! :D

Team Knit said...

I love this hoodie so much!! It's so lovely. And yup, they definitely sell glycerin at Shoppers Drug Mart... I think it's right beside the epsom salts. I haven't heard of that trick to avoid pilling, but I'm going to try it- I'm knitting a fisherman's gansey out of Knitpicks comfy and it looks like it's going to pill like a S.O.B......

- Julie

Anonymous said...

Very nice hoodie! I love it - thanks for working on a pattern to share!

Aesderina said...

just gorgeous.. it looks good even before blocking.. thanks for the info about that yarns!! that is always useful:)

Can't wait for you to write a pattern

Anonymous said...

OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I wanna make one!!!!!!!!!!!!! This one looks really great!!!!! I can't wait for the pattern!!!!! Thanks for working on it! :D

Hilary said...

I cannot WAIT to make this hoodie! Thank you for working up the pattern for all of us -- it is a fantastic sweater.

I'm intrigued by the anti-pilling glycerin trick. Thank you for sharing that as well!

Ilix said...

That is great!
Thanks for the yarn review and the glycerin info. I have some 220 that is supposed to become a sweater.... and I got the same response at the LYS "for felting?"
I wonder if you could find in in soapmaking supplies?

Frida said...

Totally love it....absolutly beautiful :)