Alice Starmore Aran Knitting swatches
In anticipation of working up to knitting one (or more) of the sweaters in Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting, I've started knitting the swatches in the book. She basically lays out a program of Aran knitting in chapter 2 of the book whereby working through the different sections on techniques, charts, and knitting tips you can learn to knit intuitively, and once the patterns are set with a single chart repeat, not need the charts to complete the knitting.
This knitting Aran's intuitively is my next big knitterly goal. So, I'm working with the swatches, and knitting them as intuitively as possible. I know that when I developed a sense of how to read my knitting as I went along, my knitting got both better and faster. So, to do this with complicated patterns, and not need to use a chart is a good goal for me.
Swatch 1: Basic Rope Cables: an even number of stitches crossed on the same number of rows; twisting away from each other.
Swatch 2: Rope Cable Variations: A 2 stitch, a 4 stitch and a 6 stitch cable, twisting towards each other.
Swatch 3: More Rope Cable Variations: Here we have cables crossed at intervals not equal to the stitch width of the cables. And one cable with two different crossing intervals.
So, I've started on Swatch 4, I figure I'll put them up as I complete them. After swatch 4 I venture into new knitting territory, so that should be fun!
Swatches 1-3 were knit with a partial skein of Starmore's Bainin yarn that came to me with the other yarn. The rest of the swatches will have to be in other yarns.
I used size 6US needles as she suggested in the book for the Bainin.
Otherwise, I did finish both the fronts and the back now for the Drop stitch cardi...and started a sleeve. I also started a simple black shawl, that I'm hoping to wear to a wedding in June. And spinning.
The house stuff continues. Still planning on moving in about 2 weeks! So, the knitting/spinning will definitely be slowing down soon, as the packing commences.