These were the last full skeins of Berroco Maya yarn that I owned and I’m so sad to see them go. I hate when a company discontinues a yarn that I love. I talked a little bit about how I use this as a less expensive alternative to Kestrel yarn but one of the questions I get asked is how I choose a yarn or determine a yarn to substitute for another. It comes down to gauge and your swatch you make for the project. You can swap out any yarn as long as you get gauge. Just know sometimes it can change the drape of the fabric. Example, the gauge for the Shapely Boyfriend Cardigan was 16 x 22 inches with Aran weight yarn, the designer used a size 8 needle. Well, for my version I used DK weight yarn and size 10 needles. The result is a lighter sweater with a bit more drape to it, which is fine with me. Swatching is important because we all knit at a different gauge and you need to adjust your needle accordingly for the best fit and it allows you to see how your finished knit will turn out.
For my version of Togue Pond, I omitted a few of the short rows for shaping at the bottom and added an extra inch of length. This is the 5th time I’ve knit this pattern, so I know the adjustments I like to make and work it accordingly. I also wasn’t sure I’d have enough yarn for it to be solid blue so I took that as a sign it needed to be a two color piece. It’s also the perfect kind of piece for to wear to work while the temperatures are still crazy high in DC. I can’t believe school starts in less than a month!
Lightweight summer knits are definitely one of my favorite things to make. And this pattern will always be one I put in my queue for a satisfying quick knit. This one took me just 3 days!