The Heritage sweater
The experience of a test knit
Finally! The Heritage sweater is available on Ravelry and I can share my experience as a test knitter with you 😊 This sweater is the first from Alina’s collection for the MY Make Along 2017 – if you missed the post I already shared about this here . It is a classic sweater with clean lines and a gorgeous fit. Something that you could wear in so many different ways, a true basic item in your wardrobe. This is also why I wanted to test knit this pattern – who does not need such a piece?
The first lesson I learned while preparing to cast on was that the gauge required was pretty hard to get. And because this pattern does not allow adding too many extra rows, the row gauge is very very important. Much more than the stitch gauge. So, I spent quite a lot of time trying to get the row gauge.
I knew already that knitting tension is such a personal thing and also that the needle material makes a big difference to the gauge. I read a great post about what a difference the material of the needles makes to the gauge, but unfortunately the website is not available anymore (still, here is a link to an infographic about the relationship between needle material and gauge). After a lot of trying I managed to get pretty close to the row gauge without inflating too much the stitch gauge by using metal needles 3.5.
I am 1.60 and I weigh 60 kg – the sizing suggested that a size S would do for me. And it does! The sweater is quite fitted and flattering (at least my husband thinks so). But I would also like to knit a larger size – say an M, so I can wear this sweater layered with a blouse under it.
I noticed that when washed and blocked, our Heritage (but also Elena) has the tendency to gain width but not so much length. In fact, I have the feeling that it tends to bounce back and it loses length. My ingenious fellow test knitter Sandra had an idea on how to get more length – after the sweater was washed and dry, she washed the lower part of the sweater again and left it dry on a clothes hanger. She attached some wooden cloth clips to the wet section and they acted as weights helping to elongate the fabric . Tadaaa… more length 😊
And a last thing: while knitting with our Heritage, the stitches can look a bit messy – the yarns is still coated with lanolin because it is minimally processed. The lanolin, a wax, makes the yarn look a bit stiff. This is not something to be concerned about – when washed with warm water the lanolin will soften, the stitches will find their place and the fabric will get more drape. See for instance this photo of the sleeves – after washing and blocking the sweater I was not happy with the length of the sleeves so I added a few rows. You can clearly see the unwashed section - it definitely does not look as pretty as the washed section!
I hope that these tips will be helpful for those who want to knit this beautiful pattern in our Heritage yarn! If you cast on, please take some photos and share with us on Instagram! I would love to see your progress and learn about your experience when using our yarns 😊