Classic Designs for the Modern Knitter

Wispy vs. Whisper

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(Whisper photos copyright Interweave Knits)

I wanted to highlight the differences between Wispy and Whisper, as several knitters have asked.

1. Wispy has straight sleeves instead of flared.

2. There is 1.5" of rib at the cuffs and bottom edge.

3. Many knitters had trouble knitting Whisper's sleeves in the round.  When using double point needles, it is hard to avoid ladders because of the loose gauge.  This can be solved by using two circular needles or a 12" circular needle, but this wasn't a good option for every knitter.  The instructions for Wispy are written to knit the sleeves flat and then seam them.  Don't worry, it's a pretty short seam.  However, you can easily knit them in the round, there's no shaping it's just 1.5" of rib and then stockinette stitch.  After you cast on, join to work in the round and proceed, placing a marker at the beginning of the round of course.

4. Wispy comes in more sizes, including children's sizes!  I look forward to seeing the smaller versions you come up with as I haven't had a chance to make one yet, though I plan to, I already cast on in malabrigo lace Lettuce.

Still have questions?  Leave them in the comments below and I will answer them.  Later this week there will be print copies of Wispy and Featherweight available for purchase outside of the kit if you prefer a print pattern to the electronic download.

Enjoy your Monday, everyone!