I’ve been swatching for the Vodka Gimlet sweater.I knit both of these during an incredibly dull school board hearing a couple of weeks ago. It was a hearing for a proposal to build a new middle school. Only my knitting stopped me from going to the microphone during Q&A time and asking if any of the 6 or so speakers actually liked their jobs… because their presentations were so lackluster and passionless that I couldn’t imagine they had any interest at all in their various professions. It was bad. But… the swatches are pretty, yes?
The yarn is Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted, a 4-ply with tight twist that is 75% merino, 20% cashmere, and 5% nylon. The colorway is a luscious neutral called “Barely Birch.” The hand is wonderful… and look at the stitch definition up close, won’t you?One of the swatches is knit with a US7/4.5 mm (the one with the orange loop) and one is with a US6/4.0 mm. I’m supposed to get 5 st and 7 rows per inch – but I’m being a good knitter and measuring over 4 inches, so I’m looking for 20 stitches and 28 rows. After washing my swatches:
- On a US7, I get 18 stitches and 28 rows in 4”
- On a US6, I get 19 stitches and 28 rows in 4”
So yes, I’m working on a third swatch on a US5 (3.75mm) and we’ll see if I get gauge. I might have to go to a US4 (3.5mm). Which wouldn’t surprise me… I’m a loose knitter. I probably should have started swatching on a smaller needle. But who minds swatching with yarn as yummy as Plucky’s?
In other knitting news, I’m chugging through S1’s orange Asymmetrical Cables socks – I’m on the heel flap for sock #2 and I hope to finish them this week. I’m also knitting another office sock you haven’t seen, so I will try to photograph that this week to share.
Hope you’re enjoying the extra hour of knitting time today!