I’m working on a mutimedia project with Swish yarn in rainbow colors, to be completed in coming weeks. I had a few scraps left, so I thought I’d add a neutral and cast on for a sweater for my daughter.
There was one catch: Swish is worsted weight, and I use fingering weight yarn, almost exclusively. I don’t know when it happened. When I first took knitting up so many years ago, everything I did was worsted weight. Through the years, however, I’ve just loved how fingering weight projects turn out: light as a feather, really professional looking, and so much more portable, too! Especially for children’s clothing, the scale seems just right.
My problem now is that my older daughter is 2, and she actually needs clothing pretty consistently (hello stains, I see you). I have so little time, so I’ve challenged myself to make a few worsted garments I’m hoping she’ll wear. This current sweater (pattern here, I’ll be leaving off the applique) is in Swish Dove Heather, with stripes of Serrano, Orange, Honey, Peapod, Twilight, and Eggplant I’ve been loving how fast this sweater is to make. The ease of top-down shaping and the fun of color changing are making it a quick and enjoyable project. I think the non-itchy warmth of the Swish will be perfect for my opinionated toddler. The machine washability of it will be perfect for her opinionated mother!
Do you have a favorite yarn weight, or do you just look at patterns and enjoy doing whatever the pattern requires? I think as time goes on, worsted weight garments might find a permanent place in my queue. Maybe one day I might even think about Bulky! Can you hear me gasping?!