Stash Dive KAL

stash dive kal yarn

Well this is a KAL in the very loosest sense; there is no pattern, it’s just really a structure to give me an excuse to knit up some of my much neglected (but loved) stash yarn! I though there might be a few of you out there in the same situation so the idea was to set up a fun challenge to you all – come join me!

On Sunday I did a rambling (as always) Instagram post that I popped up on YouTube that tells you about my starting point.

If you want to join me the begin by:

  1. Pulling together yarns that you love.
  2. Organise them so you can create a blending from one colour to the next that you like.
  3. As a bonus find a lightweight ‘texture’ yarn to use for some stripes running throughout. This isn’t essential but a good way of adding some yarns that are hard to find a home for!

Now that you’ve got your yarns decide on a needle size. If you want a loose fabric go bigger than the recommended size, or if you want a more standard fabric texture go with the recommended needle size.

stash dive kal yarn

Next to swatch! I’d suggest testing out your colour combination. I did this by starting with a few inches of one colour, then I introduced a fade between that and the next colour by working as follows:

  • New Colour RS: Knit. Then slip stitches back to the start of the row.
  • Original Colour RS: Knit. Turn work.
  • New Colour WS: Purl. Then slip stitches back to the start of the row.
  • Original Colour RS: Purl. Turn work.

I did this for an inch or so to see how they blended together then I broke the first colour and worked in the second colour. After that I did the same for the third colour.

At the same time I was working this blending of the 3 main colours I took my contrast brushed yarn and experimented with stripes. In the first two colours I held it together with the main colour and did some garter stitch stripes and for the final colour I did stockinette stitch instead.

I think I prefer the stockinette stitch, it’s more subtle and I feel that the garter stripes are a bit too bulky for my yarn combination. However you may reach a different conclusion! I’d suggest you grab your yarns and start swatching!

Don’t worry about getting anything wrong, this is all about experimenting and playing with the yarn. This means that some of your combinations won’t work but why don’t you try and see if you have a surprise success? Share your experiments with me using #StashDiveKAL and what you like/dislike!

Try different needle sizes – maybe move from small to larger so while you’re testing your colour combinations you can also try out needle sizes? Do you like it drapey and floppy or a bit more structured? There’s no right answer – what do you want!

My Yarns

The main colours I’m using are La Bien Aimée ‘Merino Singles’. I’m moving from ‘Yellow Brick Road’ to ‘Le Littoral’ on to ‘The Magnellanic Cloud’. The two contrast texture yarns I’m using are Olann ‘Suri Silk Cloud’ in colours ‘Sloe’ and ‘Oasis’.

olann yarn

I’m working with a 4mm (US size 6) needle which is creating a drapey fabric. I washed the swatch and blocked it fairly gently just to uncurl the edges a bit. The gauge I’m getting with the main yarn is around 25 sts and 30 rows per 4″ / 10 cm. As this swatch was knit flat it’s very likely my row gauge (more than my stitch gauge) will change a little when I change to in the round so I’ll keep checking that when I join to work in the round.

Homework

So for you out there watching along, it’s time to get started!

  1. Pick your yarns and swatch your colour combinations and needle size options.
  2. Block your swatch and measure your gauge.
  3. Pull out some comfortable over-sized sweaters that you like and measure them. Decide if you like the size or if you want to make some changes.

Next session we’ll take a look at the numbers and I’ll sketch out some basic outlines. I’ll be recording each of the new videos on Instagram live here and afterwards I’ll add them to the Stash Dive KAL playlist on youtube here.