Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Swatches

I’ve been swatching for the Vodka Gimlet sweater.IMG_0106I 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?IMG_0109One 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!


  1. I used my extra hour to sleep. Now I feel like I wasted it -- although I did get some knitting in.

    Your swatches are beautiful. Question -- do you ever re-use swatch yarn? I tend to be stingy with my swatches because I worry about "wasting" yarn. I think I need to get over that. Do you buy an extra ball/hank/skein just for swatching purposes?

    I clearly need to go back to swatch school...

  2. With this pattern, I probably have some leeway in yarn quantity. I'm prepared to unravel my swatches if necessary. I don't think I've ever had to do that before, though.

    Perhaps it's because I knit so few adult-sized sweaters that I swatch so thoroughly. I NEVER do this with socks!