Starting Aidez, along with a WIP update!

I’m one day behind the official start date of the Celtic Cast On KAL for Aidez, but that’s ok as I have many other projects going on at the moment.   I was able to wind two cakes of my Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande early this morning and started off by doing a gauge swatch – yes, I do those now and then.

I used the pattern suggested gauge of 15 sts + 16 rows = 4” over stockinette using an US size 10 1/2 needle.  I was quite pleased that I matched gauge so I will not be making any size adjustments other than shortening the sleeves and possibly the length of the over all cardigan.

I’m following Kelly’s lead over at the Celtic Cast On and starting with the sleeves.  I’ve completed the ribbing and one repeat of the pattern. This yarn is soooo squishy soft!!!   I think this pattern is going to knit up quickly and I can’t wait to get it finished so I can wear it this fall.


I think overall I must be on an Alpaca yarn kick this month.  I’m using my stash of  Louise Harding Thistle in Berry, an Aran weight yarn in a very soft blend of 60% Merino and 40% Alpaca,  for the Schooner shawl  that I’ve been working on.   I’ve just about completed the body of the shawl and will be starting the edge by tomorrow.  I really love how it is starting to look!


Happy knitting!

12 thoughts on “Starting Aidez, along with a WIP update!

  1. Curls & Q

    Quite lovely! I do love the Baby Alpaca Grande. I’ve made a few vests for my daughters with it. Alpaca is my favorite yarn to knit with! I have two new patterns to put in my favorites in Ravelry!

    1. Tina Post author

      Thank you :). This is my first time knitting with the Baby Alpaca Grande and I must say I really do love it! Vests would be awesome in Alpaca and like you, it’s a favorite to knit with.

  2. lehockib

    Ah…what is behind? It is good to be behind rather than to be idle. Um hah…more than one project at a time too…is an illness of the artistic one to suffer from…while creating blissful objects of art to wear (lol here). But, it is the pressure of having so many projects going at once that gets them done. Love what you are working on at present. Have a blessed day, Tina.

    1. Tina Post author

      A lovely square hand embroidered piece is behind the shawl and a vintage scarf in the traditional pineapple stitch is behind the Aidez I’ve started. Yes, we do often suffer from projectitis and I so agree, it aids in getting all the other projects finished :) Have a wonderful day too Blondell !

    1. Tina Post author

      Ahhhh… Thank you! LOL, it will be around December before it will be cool enough for me to wear it but that’s ok :)

    1. Tina Post author

      A cabled scarf would be wonderful in the Baby Alpaca Grande – super soft and super warm! Thank you so much Veronica, I’m really enjoying them :)

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