I finally finished Dylan’s Dewey Cabled Pullover. It took me a long time, much longer than I had hoped. The reason is not the sweater pattern, but my choice of yarn.
There’s been a lot of hype about Spud and Chloe yarn. Certain people say it’s the best ever. I tried the Sweater weight and it was fine. Not my favorite yarn, but I really liked it. I was so excited to try the Fine weight since I’ve been knitting socks so much lately.
I ordered the closest color to my husband’s military uniform. When I got it, it looked like a springtime field of grass, not and antique olive color. He needs the antique olive color to match, so I was disappointed. Spud and Chloe is not inexpensive either. Really wanting to try this yarn, I decided to make a pattern out of Vintage Baby Knits calling for fingering weight.
I hated the yarn! It felt like it was tearing my hands up and I’m not a sensitive knitter! It took me more than a month to knit this baby sweater. Granted I had a whole lot of other stuff going on, but I just couldn’t sit down and knit with it. I was SO MAD! I shouldn’t get so emotional over yarn, but I’m a yarnie. I do that. Sometimes yarn turns me on, sometimes it makes me want to stab needles in my eyes. Spud and Chloe Fine was more of a needle-in-the-eyes type of yarn.
Turns out I was being a bit too harsh. Once the sweater was finally off the needles, it needed to be blocked before seaming. Once it was dry it looked perfect. Another thing I hated about the yarn was the obvious stitch definition, it showed every single imperfection. Luckily it all blocked out and the little sweater had a perfect drape to it. I am very happy with the finished object, especially now that it’s finished.
So will I ever buy Spud and Chloe Fine again? Hell no! But I’m glad I gave it a shot.
I named the sweater Cricket because that was the name of the color of the yarn. I’m baised, but I think this little model is the cutest, sweetest model ever.