Going big

When I headed off to Rhinebeck earlier this month, I brought a few different projects with me, as one does for a knitting weekend. My Jurisfiction cardigan in progress, some Jaywalker socks that I ended up finishing on the trip down, and a bag of selected Knit Picks Palette yarn from what is, admittedly, a fairly large stash of same. I’ve collected many different colours of this yarn over the years, with all kinds of colour-work dreams associated with it, and decided it was high time I did something with it.

It’s also been several years since I first knitted the Venezia pullover, and while I still love it it is also now a wee bit snug on me so I want another one.

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This isn’t the sort of project you can just start, though, which I knew very well going in. You need to choose your colour combination and when you’re substituting 9 different colours in a different yarn from the pattern…well, swatching time it is! I knew the general combination of colours I wanted, it was just a matter of getting the right sequence and look.

The first swatch, above, was one of my Rhinebeck projects while sitting and relaxing on the Friday. It wasn’t too bad, but felt a bit blurry looking for my liking, so I removed that burned yellow colour in the middle (I think that was Brindle Heather), and tried again with number two.

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In number two I replaced that yellowy one with another green, in the sequence from red to green in the background colours, and generally liked it pretty well. The only thing i wasn’t fully sold on was the pattern colour used over the central green rows, because in the original pattern that particular line uses a pattern colour that really pops. The only trouble was I was having a hard time finding just the right colour to do that in my selection. I also wasn’t completely sold on the slightly muddy combination of pattern colours transitioning from white to various heathered browns.

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So I then went for number three, changing up all of the pattern colours and making the transitions between them a bit more gradual except for the yellowy central one. In the end I decided this was an over-correction, and I knew before I finished this swatch that I liked it the least of all three options.

I did start on a fourth swatch – a couple of fourth tries, actually – and eventually realized that I liked the second swatch option just fine after all. So! Colour scheme, here we are.

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I’ve got no shortage of projects to work on right now, but since the next weeks bring a lot of change and events (starting a new job this week, moving in another week and a half), I wanted a big project that would bridge across all of that. Meet real life crazy with knitting crazy, that’s my approach.

I cast on on Monday. Of course, since this is in fact a fingering weight sweater, two nights’ progress has included a large amount of counting and re-counting and ensuring I haven’t twisted the join, so it doesn’t look like much yet. The addicting part will come once the colour-work starts, so I look forward to getting to that soon.

I hope your week is going well, knitter friends! More from me soon about what’s on my needles.

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Pattern: Venezia Pullover, by Eunny Jang
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette

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14 comments

  1. Amazing how much work one has to go through before the project even starts. Nice color selection; it’s going to be quite pleasing.

  2. I hope one day I am “relaxed” knitting this complicated pattern. Right now I sweat over increases. You are so talented! Good luck with the new job and upcoming move.

  3. Moving and a new job! Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations on moving and on the new job!

    That sweater though, wow. All that colorwork! It’s going to be incredible once you finish it! All I can think of is wow!

  5. I love that you are doing your second Venezia. I am sort of in the same boat: my first one is now going to be too snug as I started it pre-baby. The only thing is I never finished it! I have finished the body but not the sleeves and am completely unmotivated, but yet would desperately like to finish it. I’ll watch this space as maybe it will give me the push I need. For me though it’s not quite relaxing….ha!

    Good choice on the swatches, and congrats.

  6. You are right about swatch #3. Looking forward to seeing the sweater complete.

  7. wow – a lot going on! Love the pattern you chose, I imagine choosing these colors would be nearly impossible with all the choices in the world today. 🙂 You managed it though, yours will be very pretty.

  8. This was a great exercise, Glenna. Appreciate you sharing it. I’d like to try color work but
    haven’t yet. I’d have to follow a pattern with its color choices for starters … choosing them myself is beyond my confidence-level, that’s for sure. I know what I like in single colors but, putting them up against other colors, changes how they look and is something I don’t quite understand (besides an Joseph Albers study done long ago). Swatch #1 and #2 are most appealing to me.
    Good luck with this project – are you trying to match level of knitting challenges with life challenges? Seems so! ha. Moving and new job would be more than enough. But, maybe a knitting project that really engages you will take your mind off those stresses (at least temporarily).
    Good luck with all three! And, don’t forget to take time to sleep!!

  9. Good luck in your move!

  10. Great choice! I am always amazed at how different colour combinations make the same pattern have such a different look!

  11. That is amazing work. cant wait to see the finished project

  12. You are a knitting goddess – gauge is 31st/4″. WOW That’s a LOT of stitches. Love the colour choices. A good reminder of why swatching is the smart thing to do before diving into a project.

    Hope all goes well with the move and new job.

  13. Phenomenal! Enjoy the process!

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