Babs' Rhinebeck Sweater - Dexter

I have never knit a sweater!

So when Veronica suggested a Rhinebeck Sweater knit-along this year, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to knit a sweater and develop the perfect colorway on one of our newest yarns, Killington. Killington is a lofty sport-weight Polwarth-silk blend that we had milled for us and put up in big 700 yard skeins. 

Greens are among my most favorite colors and I wanted a sweater that I'd be able to get a lot of wear out of, so it had to have a neutral element to it. In blending dyes and experimenting, I settled on this medium green with a touch of grey and brown. I think it will work well for winter.

Sagebrush Killington

I don't usually wear sweaters - of course wearing wool is not a good choice for someone who works with acid dyes - the inevitable spots and splatters are permanent. And I didn't want a heavy or bulky sweater, as it doesn't get terribly cold in Northeast Tennessee in the winter (and nor did I want the added bulk that a heavier weight sweater can bring to the figure).

I was excited to get started on Naima, my original sweater choice, but I swatched carefully and discovered I couldn't get both the gauge called for in the pattern and a fabric I liked with the Killington. The resulting sweater would have been just too floppy and not held up well. So back to Ravelry I went...

And discovered Dexter, another simple, casual cardigan with enough detail to keep the knitting interesting. It's a top-down raglan with textured stitching at the neckline and cuffs. Here's the very beginning of my sweater.

Now that I'm all set up it should grow fairly quickly!

We'd love to have you join us in our Rhinebeck Sweater knit-along. The rules are very simple - knit an adult-size sweater, in a Miss Babs yarn, by Rhinebeck (October 17-18). For all the details, check out the thread in our Ravelry group!

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