What have we here? A cardigan (for moi) which I will be finishing in the next couple of days! Some time ago, back in this post , I talked about knitting a cardigan from Studio Donegal Aran Tweed. I actually cast on and knit most of the body of a steeked body cardigan before dropping it and coming to the conclusion that, although I have written a brief steeking option on the Calidez Pullover, which this was to sample, I really wanted to design my first flat-knit seamless cardigan pattern. So after struggling with that inevitability , eventually I ripped it all out and wound it back into a big ball. Well, as you all know that recently I have finally designed that cardigan, I can’t escape the desire to make one after another, in all the Studio Donegal yarns, and already I’m looking at the color shade cards I have to see what color I might try next. The shade on this piece of knitting is # 4742.
Really folks, Aran Tweed has a spirit about it which speaks to me like no other that I’ve felt. It is really a very classic wool, and does have a bit of ‘wooly scratch’ factor, and I don’t recommend it to knitters who are ambivalent about 100-percent wool, but it is ever so light, fluffy, and possesses a great homespun feel. Most of all, it is indeed very tweedy & colorful, and just extremely beautiful.
I am considering trying for my next yarn tasting, Soft Donegal which is 100% Merino wool, and although a lot softer , it doesn’t have the crispness I love so much in the Aran Tweed, nor quite the selection. If you could put your hand into the photos of the two shade cards, you’d agree, Soft Donegal is very very soft, and a little finer weight too. Just a smidge. Aran Tweed is heaviest weight of all the Donegal yarns, I’m getting 3.5 stitch per inch, whereas the Soft Donegal will probably be more like 4.5. Regardless, I think I’ll explore both with my new Calidez Cardigan pattern, there is no closing the gate to my sudden rush to make every hand-knit cardigan I’ve craved to have & wear for the last ten years. I am eyeing so many of them, I just can’t decide!
You can see Studio Donegal’s website to see details about Aran Tweed, Soft Donegal , and Knitting Wool.
By the way, which are your favorite colors?
The yarn is so pretty!
Hi Stef ~~ I rather think so! I’m going to finish the sweater today if it kills me!
I quite like this yarn. I made a entire blanket with it! (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sous-une-bonne-etoile). And I have an UFO waiting ;-). It will be a pullover in fair isle to use as many colors as possible.
Happy knitting to you with this yarn!
Wow, your Tweed Blanket is absolutely beautiful! I hope you link to the pullover as well, in the forthcoming posts about Donegal Tweed. 🙂
I’m with you on the crispness – i like a yarn with a bit of body when knitting aran weight. I love the colour that you have but 4866 would be my personal choice.
Liz, 4866 is a great color, a ‘tomato’ red with lots of colors of tweedy nubs in it! Another like that (with particularly lots of colors of tweedy nubs) is 4824, and 4843, and I’m considering doing another in the latter. 🙂
I love them both – so much choice……….:-)