I already had a Carbeth in my Ravelry queue when MSK declared February as Bang Out a Carbeth month for a knit-along. I loved the simplicity of the pattern; it’s a raglan turned sideways so the diagonal shaping line crosses the front and back instead of the shoulders. That’s a good shape for my body and broad shoulders and at 3.5 sts to the inch, it’s something easy to knit up.
And the photos. I'm knitting the whole, wear a gorgeous skirt and frolic in the winter highlands lifestyle...
Finding the right yarn in my stash was the bigger problem. I made four swatches. The roughly Aran weight handspun was a bit too floppy. The two strands of sport/dk together was delicious squooshy merino silk cashmere but I couldn’t get gauge. The Queensland tweed too thin to even finish the swatch. The Cascade Ecological wool was just right, except I only had one skein each of two colours (they were a gift).
I did some colouring (my new iPad Pro is going to be great for knitting stuff) to determine how to use the two colours in a way that maximized the design.
I chose the dark bottom with the light top (just above) I casted on and a week later I have the body done, one sleeve attached and the next one started.
Except I knit myself into a corner.
If I want to continue with knitting in the round, I'm going to have 4 skeins on the go. Light left sleeve, dark back, light right sleeve, dark front. I also have to figure out how to do the decrease so it's pretty. I was trying to think up a latvian-braid like effect with the decreases. Any hints or ideas on how I might do these 2 colour decreases?
I could also do each piece separately and sew as was done with this beautiful colour-block Carbeth.
I'm not against seaming a sweater, but will avoid it for this one if I can.