My entry for this year’s nakniswemo extravaganza is Bonne Marie’s beryl sweater.

As you can see from the swatches, I not only carefully noted which needle size was used for which (7 eyelets for size 7, 8 eyelets for size 8…), I also washed them (wool setting, in the machine, because I figured, better to abuse it NOW and see what happens). And I hung them to dry, on the theory that this would stimulate wearing. And then I let the boys have at it. And tossed them into my bag.

Abusive. Yes. But I figure, I want to know NOW before I knit an entire sweater, right?

And I think the Cascade 220 superwash has stood up admirably! I’m pleased.

And I think beryl and I will be a great match.