By Heather Janney
The Dayton Knitting Guild is putting on Knit Alongs, for the first time this year. Lynn McCown has been gracious enough to take on these cool projects. This month and probably the next few months she will be teaching us how to make Katherine Misegade’s pattern called, “Knit to Fit, Gansey-style Cardigan”. Katherine showed us this sweater at the program she did for the DKG, in March this year. Maybe you remember it. The picture on this blog is one of the sweaters that she showed. May I suggest you make the first one for yourself, since it’s a knit-to-fit construction? You will have your model available 24 hrs. a day.
The first Knit Along will be all about finding the gauge that works for your yarn and needle size. Remember this is a knit-to-fit project. So here are some guidelines to get you started.
What kind of yarn should you use? Yarn could be a special gansey type of yarn (that is a highly twisted 5 ply). Or a sport weight or DK weight yarn. You could also use a light worsted weight yarn. (Katherine used Cascade 220 to make the 2 sweaters she showed at the March meeting). Cascade 220 is a light worsted wt yarn. I would suggest making it in a solid colored yarn. (The texture would be lost if you used a variegated yarn). The texture will show up best in a light solid colored yarn. You don’t want to do all of that work and not have the patterning show.
What knitting needle should you use? I would suggest looking at the band on the yarn and see what they suggest. You can at least start there. Ganseys were traditionally made on very small needles. Size US 1 or US 3. The typical gauge was 7 to 9 stitches to the inch. You will probably not want to make a gansey with that gauge. You will be working on a swatch to find the gauge that works for you. Bring several knitting needle sizes to make a swatch with.
How much yarn should you bring? What size sweater are you making? I’m thinking of making one of these sweaters for myself and I like my sweaters a little on the loose side. You don’t want to run out, so I would buy 2,400 yds. of yarn. I usually think of buying 1,400 yards when I’m using a worsted wt. yarn. This sweater will have a lot of patterning so it will use up a lot more yarn. Whatever you have left over can be knit up into mittens or a hat or both. A knitter’s motto: You can never have enough yarn.
Ok, so that is all about the Knit Along at Lynn’s on Saturday May 11th, 2013 from 10am to Noon. Lynn will have the pattern and I suggest you bring some money to pay for the printing of it.
Monday May 20th, 2013 is our next DKG program. Deb K. (Kociszewski) will be presenting, “Brioche Knitting in the Round”. This presentation was inspired by a Ravelry pattern called, “Metamorph Cowl”. If you were at the Bergamo retreat a couple of years ago you may have seen this technique. Deb will help us work out some of the tricky details. Deb has a great sense of humor and always has a smile on her face. She has taught classes at Fiberworks and if you know her you know this is going to be a great program. Deb has a relaxed style and is very knowledgeable when it comes to all sorts of things. Deb also works at Fiberworks and I love seeing her there.
Some of our guild members have been unable to attend the monthly meeting so wouldn’t it be nice to surprise them with some “Friendship Letters”?
Betty Scott hurt her leg recently and is celebrating her 93rd birthday this month. Betty is at: McAuley Center, 506 Sciota St., Urbana, Ohio 433078.
Lenora Klin has been missed at the DKG meetings and she is at: 2501 Keystone Club Dr., Centerville, OH. 45439.
Barbara Larimer is the knitter that did a trunk show for the DKG. She incorporates knitting and sewing and always looks so smart in her knitted outfits. Please send her a card. Her address is in the DKG directory. (It was suggested that we not put personal addresses on the Blog). Betty and Lenore live at nursing facilities.
And last but not least, please send a note or card to Margaret Parsley. Her name is in the DKG directory also. Margaret has done some programs for the Dayton Knitting Guild in the past. She has been a long time member of the guild and I really miss her contributions.
Happy Knitting and see you next Saturday.