I love knitting with self-striping yarns such as Schoppel Wolle and Noro, but often struggle to know what to do with that one left over ball that’s hiding in the bottom of my stash. It might not be quite enough for a reasonable size shawl and although I love knitting socks I have to be in the right mood! And it’s never going to be enough for a garment; well that’s what I thought until I stumbled across Mon-Petit-Gilet-Raye, a free Ravelry download for a simple stocking stitch cardigan that combines one skein of self-striping yarn with a solid colour.
The only down side to the pattern is that it only comes in one size! But that in itself can allow for a little flexibility if you’re brave enough to alter a pattern to fit your size and shape. I was lucky though as it so happened to be my size, medium. Oh and the pattern is written in French, but don’t panic there is an English version too!
I used Noro Kureyon Sock, which sadly now has been discontinued; a good substitute is Noro Taiyo Sock. If I’m honest I actually prefer Taiyo as it’s much softer than Kureyon Sock. I also used Supersoft Wool, in Silver Grey.
It knitted up fairly quickly which I put down to my need to see what the next colour would be! I had to plan my yoke increases and I used a handy app on my phone, which is a real life saver for placing increases and decreases evenly whether your knitting in the round or straight.
On its first outing I had three compliments from non-knitting friends that couldn't believe that all those rainbow colours came from one ball of wool!