And we’re off!

I’m finally getting started on a NaKniSweMo project for this year. I’m a little behind, but the yarn only arrived yesterday, so that was a bit of a hindrance. I got to swatch ahead of time and that helped.

I’m making the Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. This will actually be some kind of Frankenstein version between the Rocky Coast and the kid version, Tiny Rocky Coast. I like the idea of making it out of sock yarn better than worsted weight yarn, and I think size 10.5 needles (or probably smaller for me to get gauge) would wear my hands out a lot faster.

By referencing both patterns I’m going to aim for the schematics of the 36″ adult version with a slightly larger gauge on the largest child size. The largest child size has a 34 3/4″ chest, so I don’t think this will be too much of a stretch to try to do width-wise. I will have to pay attention to the yoke depth and sleeve circumference with more care, but I think the larger gauge will take care of most of that, or I will add some increasing to accommodate.

After making the baby version for Zooey, the pattern seemed easy to execute and easy to alter. I swatched on US 5, 6, and 7 needles and decided to work with the 5’s. I’m a pretty loose knitter when I get going and the baby version blocked very nicely, so I thought I should err on the side of firmer cables. This yarn is Blue Moon Fibers Socks that Rock in the Mediumweight, which is a little bit thicker than the Colinette Jitterbug I used for the Tiny Rocky Coast. The site describes this yarn as a sport weight, but says it is not a “true sport weight” because of the energy. The color is Ochroid. Regardless, I like it and I think it’s all going to work out.

First, Oscar had to do a sniff inspection.

It passed.
Now…I just have to knit my little fingers off.

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