I did something unfortunate and I'm hoping y'all can help me minimize my goof.
A year or two ago I made a sweater for my husband from Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky when. He chose the yarn based on softness of the skein, but didn't realize how itchy the mohair knit up would be. He is princess and the pea anyway, so he just couldn't wear it, not even over a long sleeved shirt (I replaced it with a cashmere sweater, lucky DH! It was bargain cashmere, but REALLY soft anyway).
Here is the issue: I finally got around to frogging the sweater and chose a pattern for myself. I'm not terribly sensitive and am not worried about being itched. I purposely chose a pattern for a loose sweater with a big loose neck. What I didn't fully realize until I was several inches into the sweater, and liking it quite a bit, was that my yarn substitution had a major problem. Yes, I got the gauge with the Lamb's Pride Bulky, but the original pattern called for the yarn to be double stranded. This wouldn't be a problem except that the NECK is not double stranded. Kind of a problem since I'm using bulky...
The question is: Should I try to get the Lamb's Pride worsted in the same color? Or is the dyelot issue going to kill it? In that case, should I go with a contrast color?
I'm not even sure what color I was using...bought it so long ago I don't have the wrappers. I tried taking pictures, but I wasn't sure they were very true. I think it is 03 Grey Heather. Suggestions on a contrast color? Or maybe dyelot issues won't be a huge issue since the collar is big and floppy? (I could only include the collar or it would go over the size limits).
How about doing the collar in a coordinating color in dk weight yarn with some sort of halo (like mohair or angora)? Like for that sweater, a lighter purple? I think trying to match the color exactly from the bulky to the worsted will be difficult. It looks like the design, though, does require a lighter weight for the collar to get the supple drape.
I have a silly suggestion. If you have to go with a different shade/color for the collar, work some of that same new shade/color into the body or sleeves of the work so it looks like part of the design.
Perhaps use it for the sleeve and body ribbing as a complementary finishing?
What do you mean guys don't knit?
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I don't think that's a silly suggestion at all! I have been tossing ideas around in my mind about how I might use the contrast color as an accent at the sleeve cuffs and bottom edge. Or maybe a little embroidered embellishment somewhere? I guess it depends on what color/yarn I end up going with.