Well, I finally resolved to knit something out of my Sundara Fingering Silky Merino is a pretty teal with yellow highlights called The Life Aquatic (one of my favorite films). I mentally prepared and poured over a whole slew of patterns. I ended up selecting Tender by Kim Hargreaves, which was simple and feminine. A good match…or so I thought. I swatched for gauge, but still had a nagging feeling that I was about to invest a whole lot of time and expensive yarn in a project that might not work. After expressing my doubts to my non-knitting husband he had a great idea. He suggested knitting Tender in a non-expensive yarn, essentially making it twice. Although I knew that wasn’t really an option for a fingering weight sweater, it did give me the notion to swatch at least the ruffle part and see how it would work. I did that in stolen moments today while hanging with the kids. As it happens, the ruffle does not work well in this yarn. The pattern was designed for Kidsilk Haze, a light a floaty mohair silk blend with finer gauge. The Sundara FSM has great drape, but no light and floaty qualities, thus, the ruffle just drags and hangs. I am so so glad that I swatched some more and saved myself the agony of an expensive and disappointing sweater.
So now, I have my FSM wound and nowhere to go. Here is a new round up of possible patterns. Any thoughts on which one would be best??? [these are in no particular order and are all links to Ravlery]