This year I also made two modified Carbeth sweaters. Both use approximately 900 yards of Green Mountain Spinnery’s DK-weight Mewesic held single instead of double, as called for in the pattern. Initially, I did this out of necessity, as I didn’t have an appropriate yarn in my stash and I couldn’t buy anything new at the time that the pattern was published. But I liked the finished DK-weight sweater so much that I decided to further modify it a second time.
Using my Radiate pullover as my swatch, I did a little math and figured out that if I knit the largest pattern size, I would, at my new gauge, make approximately the smallest size sweater. And I had a little more than 900 yards of the mustard yarn, but I didn’t know how much sweater I would get with that yardage. So I asked myself which parts of the sweater were most important to me — a completed yoke and a comfortable sleeve length — and approached casting on from there. I used Judy’s Magic Cast On, joined in the round, to knit the yoke first followed by the sleeves. I could then dedicate the remaining yarn to finishing the body. I ran out of yarn a little prematurely, and I was worried that it might be too short, but I blocked aggressively and the length actually feels quite appropriate.
I made on-the-fly changes to the collar, using short rows to shape the collar so that it would sort of frame the chin. I was kind of hoping for a stand-up collar effect, but it kind of flops awkwardly in the back, so I usually wear it folded down. I’ve considered picking out the bind off and redoing the collar, but i’m going to see if the collar will grow on me as-is.
I matched the gauge of the mustard version with my second Carbeth, for which I had exactly five skeins of yarn set aside. Again, I knit the largest pattern size, but this time I knit it from the top down, beginning with a stretchy ribbed cast on and a short crewneck-type collar. I added some short rows to the back of the neck, just to raise it slightly and make it easier to differentiate between the front and back of the sweater.
In order to use up all of my yarn, I switched to the sleeves after finishing the yoke. Once both sleeves were complete, I switched to knitting the body bottom-up, again using a stretchy ribbed cast on. I added short rows to the hem to lengthen the back slightly, then I worked the body until I basically ran out of yarn. I left a yarn tail four times the circumference of the body and used kitchener stitch to invisibly sew the top and bottom pieces together.
I really like both sweaters. The fabric is lovely — a good balance of soft but slightly scratchy. I might like the blue Carbeth slightly more, if only because I was able to approach it with greater intention having already knit the first.