Ever since I first saw @boylandknitworks Caitlin Hunter’s swoncho pop up on my Instagram feed, I’ve had it on my Must-Knit list. It’s a beautiful colour work pattern, just right to wear in those in-between times when a certain chill creeps into the air, or, as my great-uncle used to call it, le fond de l’aire est froid. I chose to knit mine in the new Arranmore light DK weight tweed yarn by The Fibre Company.
The pattern is easy to read – Caitlin Hunter excels at writing easily understood patterns – and the pi-shawl style increases make it an easy knit without having to mess with increases all the way through the colourwork.
The possible colour combinations for this pattern are seemingly endless – I’ve come across quite a lot of beauties on Instagram – from tonal combinations to Swonchos with a pop of neon to make the pattern stand out more. I chose a fairly simple combo, and I am very very happy with it. The Arranmore light works well with the colour work and the style of increases, as the yarn has quite a bit of give when blocked and small tension errors are easily remedied with a nice bath in wool soap, a careful rinse and a soft stretch. Do be careful when you block, though, because the yarn does not bloom quite as much as, say, Icelandic wool will, so you may end up with loose-looking stitches.
As usual when working with The Fibre Company products, I used A LOT less yarn than I anticipated (2 skeins of the grey, one each of the other colours was all I needed, see more exact measures on my Ravelry project page). No yarn chicken involved.
I may, in fact, need to knit myself another one of these, since this one has gone to my goddaughter as a late Christmas present… ah well…