Quick Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier
5 skeins of World of Wool undyed Bluefaced Leicester wool (70%) and Tussah Silk (30%) Aran weight yarn. Ravelry link.
I dyed it myself using Ashford Hot Pink mixed with Kraftkolour Landscape dyes in Ice and Opal. My pot was too small when dyeing but I crammed the yarns in and I love the results. I am not sure why one skein picked up more of the pink as they were placed in the pot at the same time, not one by one.
Pattern: $6.53 (£5.15) for the pattern, however this is a discounted price as I bought 4 of Heidi’s patterns which resulted in a discount. This is also the 2nd time I have knit this pattern, so does that now make it free?
Yarn: £34.20 for the undyed yarn.
Started – 11th August 2021
Finished – 20th August 2021
As mentioned, this is the 2nd time I have knit this pattern, so it’s definitely one I recommend. The pattern is for a linen yarn, which my first Quick Sand cardigan was and it is a great one for summer days. But I wanted to try it in a warmer yarn and the BFL/Silk yarn in my stash seemed ideal.
The pattern uses Aran yarn and is quick. I made the large size this time, partly due to the gauge I was getting but also I wanted it slightly looser and easy to throw on over long sleeve tops. Heidi has a DK version of this pattern called Fine Sand, which I have also made.
The pattern uses lifted increases, but it would be interesting to try one with different increases if I make a 3rd.
- added 4 short rows to the back of the neck after casting on, next time I will add 6.
- added length to the arms
- skipped the last two repeats of the body length and the short rows at the back hem.
- cast off using an icord bind off on sleeves and bottom hem
- added a single crochet around the front sides, instead of knitting a border. In hindsight I wish I had done icord edges during the knitting of the body, I didn’t have enough yarn left to add an applied icord edge.
I think when I dyed the yarn I overheated the silk elements as it has lost some of its Tussah silk sheen it had. But it feels cosy on and it will be interesting to see how well this wears, the silk should add strength.