My first knitting project for 2015 is a straightforward long sleeved Jumper Dress for Little Mudlet which is knitted in stocking stitch. Normally the thought of working solely in stocking stitch turns me a little cold, as I like the challenge of a pattern but the design I chose recommended a distinctive, multi-coloured yarn which would potentially mask any attempt at a more intricate pattern but in itself created a lovely striped finished.
The yarn I am using for this project is Sirdar Crofter Double Knit, in “Alfie” and is a blend of 60% Acrylic, 25% Cotton and 15% Wool. According to the pattern, I only needed five 50g balls which seemed like quite a small quantity and I found myself double checking and triple checking that I was looking under the correct size – I was. A quick check of the yarn details and I realised that actually in this case, each 50g ball contained approximately 170m (184 yards) of yarn and so 5 balls wasn’t that small a quantity after all.
What I should explain at this point for those non-knitters amongst you, is that pattern leaflets are generally produced with a specific type of yarn in mind. Obviously there is nothing to stop you choosing another brand or type of yarn to use instead of that recommended in the Leaflet but if you decide to go down this route you must work out the yardage of yarn required for the pattern and not simply rely on the number of balls stated in the leaflet because it doesn’t follow that one 50g ball of yarn will contain the same length of yarn as 50g of another kind of yarn. The amount of yarn in m/yds in a particular ball of yarn should be specified on the band/label, or in the product details if buying on-line. For example:
5 x 50g balls of Sirdar Crofter DK at approximately 170m per ball = 850m of yarn in total
5 x 50g balls of Adriafil Duo Plus Comfort DK at approximately 120m per ball = 600m of yarn in total
I’ve used the Adriafil purely as an example to demonstrate the potential pitfalls of choosing an alternative yarn to that recommended. It is also a multi-coloured yarn but it has a blend of Wool 52% and Cotton 48%. You can see from this that if you decided to opt for the Adriafil and ordered the yarn based purely on the ball weight stated, then you would end up with a shortfall and would in fact need to purchase an additional 3 balls of yarn to meet the amount required.
Back to Little Mudlets dress.
Yesterday I started on the back section with a 3×3 rib (knit 3, purl 3) and by the end of the evening I had managed to make significant inroads into the main body of the back section. I have to say that I love the way that the yarn is working and the stripes that are forming. If you read the blurb about this yarn, you will see that it is described as having an ‘incredible Fair Isle effect sprayed onto the yarn’ which gives the impression of Fair Isle without the hard work but I’m not entirely convinced about this. It does however look beautiful and the yarn is lovely and soft to work with. I really do like this yarn and “Alfie” is perfect for my youngest with the blue, green and pink. I will definitely be looking at Crofter in another colour way for Middle Mudlet next time.