Swatching is not only dull and boring, but I decided to use my most dull and boring colours (with the exception of the patch of orange at the bottom left), to save the bright colours for the sweater. This gave me a chance to brush up on intarsia knitting (connecting blocks of different colours), and it looks as if this will go more smoothly than I’d anticipated.
Originally I’d planned to knit the sweater in the round, then (sharp intake of breath!) cut it up the middle to make a cardigan. It is possible to do intarsia in the round, but after four or five rounds, I realized it would take far too much time, as I was essentially handling each stitch three times. So I considered that first effort to be another swatch – a really big circular swatch – and frogged it, only to start again on circular needles, but back and forth this time.
It feels great to finally get started on this project.