To begin with, I’d like to thank Amazon Prime Video for releasing the first seasons of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan the weekend that I started knitting the 102 row collar of this sweater. I don’t know where any of us would be without you. I’d also like to thank Netflix for letting me binge The Office while knitting and Emily Blunt for letting the rest of the world ogle her husband. He’s not to hard on the eyes.
Now on to the sweater, I’ve wanted a Comfort Fade Cardi of my own since Andrea Mowry released the pattern last fall. I knit it for a friend earlier this year-although that one was monochromatic. The pattern is well-written and straightforward. It’s an easy knit and relatively mindless, which is great when you’re watching a really intense movie or TV show. Jack Ryan is intense, kids. (And also, his face is distracting.)
I like the fade method that Andrea uses in the pattern, but I decided to use this pattern to help use up some of the seven skeins of slate gray Tanis Fiber Arts yellow label in my stash. My initial plan was to make a striped sweater using the aforementioned slate gray along with the one skein of spun sugar yellow label. But then I saw a friend wearing a sweater (presumably store-bought) with white as the main color and several different colors of stripes. And I fell in love. I wanted a sweater like that, and I decided that I’d make my Comfort Fade like that.
Slate gray became my base color, and I used three and a half skeins of that. The first stripe is the spun sugar that I loved and wanted to use with the gray. Then I bought two skeins of Hedgehog Fibers Merino DK-one of cheeky (the second stripe) and one of cheeky (the third stripe).
I modified the pattern a bit here and there beyond the color combinations. I worked the hem of the body in stockinette rather than ribbing. It may curl up more this way, but I’m not particularly keen on the way the ribbing would have looked. I also cast off using a different method than recommended-again because I preferred the look.
I’m really thrilled with the way that it all turned out. I love the way that each of my contrast colors plays withe slate and the way that they contrast against one another. I love the way that cheeky and slate work on the collar. But oh man…that collar was a doozy to knit. It’s not hard to knit, but it took a long time. I had half of the stitches on one circular needle and half on a second so that I could keep track of everything. And then I had a piece of paper that told me what row I was knitting and how many more rows I needed to knit in either short rows or long rows. It was intense. The final product is gorgeous, but it was an intense week of knitting that part.
This definitely isn’t a sweater that I can wear with every outfit in my wardrobe. I’m not sure how it will look with some of the blue that dominates my wardrobe. But I know that it will add a needed pop of color to my more neutral outfits. It’ll also be that warm snuggly hug that I need during the winter. (Both of the yarns that I used are QUITE cozy.) And I can wear it either with a nicer outfit (church or work) or for more casual occasions.
Now, I’ve said that I really like this pattern and Andrea’s patterns in general. So, would I knit it again? After the numerous hours that I’ve spent pondering the attraction of John Krasinski’s face…errr, watching his TV shows…this week, I’m not sure. That collar took a long time. It’s gorgeous, and I love it. And I might need another one of these sweaters. But it’ll be a while before I come back to it-and not just because I have other things that I want to knit.
That said, I’ll be back to ogling John Krasinski’s face again soon. It’s a nice face.