Here’s what I’ve got planned for the Outfit Along! I’m going to knit my second Vianne using Hazel Knits Lively DK in the Poppy color. I need to double check my swatches after letting them hang out a bit (literally), and there’s a slight chance I’ll need to do a row gauge modification, but I’m optimistic and overall the yarn is a good match. It’s a wool and nylon blend, and it should make for a nice, hard-wearing cardigan.
My fabric on the other hand might be a questionable choice. I had my heart set on a mostly blue or yellow cotton floral with touches of red, but my ideal fabric was nowhere to be found. I roamed around Pacific Fabrics, admiring all the pink and orange florals, but I wasn’t finding anything that went with my yarn. At this point I realized that I should have picked my fabric and then chosen my yarn because there are far more options with yarn than fabric. But I kept looking and went to District Fabric. They also didn’t have what I had in mind, but I kept coming back to this wide roll of linen fabric in the front. The motifs are really weirdly randomly placed and not my usual style, but I kept coming back to it, so I finally decided that it was the one. I wasn’t sure if linen was the best choice for the pattern, but it’s what I liked best. Then I found out that there were only slightly over two yards left. And for some strange reason I still went for it. When I got home, I roughly laid out the pattern pieces, and it seems like it will work. I think it will make a cute dress, especially with the extra large motifs broken up a bit, but I’m still not sure what it is about this fabric that I love so much.
Am I nuts for using linen with this pattern? What yarn and fabric are you using?