Posted on October 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

Last year, I spun about 1200 yards of Spunky Eclectic Merino/Silk in the Dinosaur colorway. And then I sat on it. I keep thinking I will spin up the last hank of roving I have, but still, I already have enough yarn for a sweater.

The Northeast Handspinner's biannual Gathering is coming up at beginning of November, and Random Kelly thought I should get off my duff about this yarn already and knit a handspun sweater to wear that weekend. So I swatched to see what I could do with it.

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Moss stitch, garter stitch, stockinette in two gauges, cables, lace. I like the plain fabric the best, even though cables work fine enough.  I can get a pleasant fabric with anywhere from a 4.5 to 5 stitches to the inch.  I could go smaller in gauge, but handspun does tend to be a little dense (I know a few spinners who have made sweaters that weigh in at two pounds) so I want to keep it light. There are a lot of plain-ish patterns in that gauge to choose from (I keep a collection of them in my Ravelry queue), but I finally settled on ChicKnits' Eyelet Cardi for its wearability, that it's a top-down sweater (optimal for maximizing handspun quantities) and my happy experience with the other of Bonne Marie's patterns that I've knit, the Scoop du Jour.

I had to do some math since the pattern is written for 5.5 stitches. I multiplied my desired finished chest measurement by my gauge, and matched that number to the pattern to figure out which size to knit. Yesterday, I actually cast on.

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By the way, Spunky Eclectic is running a Handspun Knit Along in the Spunky Club Ravelry group, and Amy posted a great list of sweaters that rock the handspun here.