I’ve had a lot of things on my needles lately, switching in between projects but I’ve had Chaika on my mind for a long time. I saw Kristy Glass’s version that she said she was inspired to make after she saw me use the Hedgehog Fibres Feather yarn on my Feather cardigan. I had two other colors of Feather in my stash and decided I would use it to make my own version of Chaika.
The pattern for Chaika is an interesting one, you have the ability to make a short sleeve, quarter length sleeve and long sleeve version and the designer gives you options on how to make the body bigger. You can also make it longer and use a variety of yarn weights to change the fabric. For my version, I decided to use the Hedgehog Fibres Feather yarn in Sorry Not Sorry that matched perfectly with the Lion Brand Amazing Lace in Feather and Fan I had leftover from my Vintage ’83 Crop. For the body I decided to marl the Amazing Lace with some Kelbourne Woolens Mojave yarn I was going to marl for a Rift tee and changed my mind. Mojave is a linen and cotton blend and Amazing Lace is a super light acrylic so this is a very soft and light top that I can wear all the time. I used size 9 needles and the body has a airiness to it, I could’ve gone up to a 10 but I liked the fabric the 9’s created.
For Jellybean’s version I just marled the body with some leftover Berroco Modern Cotton DK in white I had in my stash. That way her sweater would pop a little bit more and wouldn’t be identical to mine. Her sweaters are just so quick and easy to whip up and always make me smile.
I love how this pulls away from the body, I’ve been all about things not being too constricting but still have a bit of structure. The v neck isn’t too deep and the construction kept me interested. I can already see myself knitting another version in a different weight of yarn just so see how the fabric changes.
On another note, I passed my first year screening exams! I was nervous and anxious leading up to it but it wasn’t as bad and I thought it would be. But I also recognize all of you who were sending me good vibes and saying prayers for me to pass – thank you. It definitely helped.