I finished knitting my Carina pullover last Wednesday, and I wore it all day yesterday. It was a little too warm during my ride home from work last night, since it was 60°F outside, but I think it’ll make a fine spring sweater. And it’s my first black sweater of 2017.
I made a few modifications, both big and small, to the pattern. The small change is that I twisted the stitches on the faux seam-like columns. The big change is that I replaced the garter trims with twisted ribbing and I added a more traditional neck band. I’m really pleased with the results. I really like the way that the twisted rib looks, and I’m glad I finally tracked down a vertical double decrease with twisted stitch for the v-neck.
If I did this again, I could see reworking the neck band in order to make it a little more relaxed, but that’s my only real complaint.
Of course, I ignored best practice and didn’t alternate skeins while working on this project, which explains the lighter band of color along the midsection of the body. And not only did I not alternate skeins, half of my first hank of Tosh Sock was kinked up, frogged yarn. I think that contributed to the color changes. (The photographs might also exaggerate the differences.)
I’ve noticed that Tosh yarns aren’t usually saturated with dye throughout the entire strand of yarn. The core of the yarn, when cut, often looks natural or only very lightly dyed. My theory is that the yarn plies became disturbed and consequently revealed more of the undyed / lighter colored parts of the yarn after I frogged the previous project. When I reknit the yarn, the fabric was a different shade of black. I started knitting the pullover from the unknit end of the ball, so the neckline and the majority of the raglan-increased fabric is more black. The kinky frogged yarn begins around the last third or quarter of the raglan increases and continues into the body, which is where the fabric becomes less black.
My thoughts on this might be way off. My first hank might have simply been more uneven in color. But I could, in theory, test this by knitting, frogging, and reknitting some large swatches. I could also see if soaking the frogged yarn changes the fabric of the second swatch. But I don’t think I’m that motivated. (I would appreciate it very much if someone else is.)
Ultimately — and probably unsurprisingly — I don’t mind the differences in color. It may not be perfect, but I’m happy with the sweater and I enjoyed wearing it yesterday. At the end of the day, it didn’t matter that I was wearing a pullover knit in mismatched blacks.