Tuesday, January 15, 2008

For some reason I kept thinking of sasquatches while I knit brown swatches this weekend. It's just a fun word to say, I think. This post might not be fun to read, however, because it's just a bunch of swatch talk. If you want to get to the point of the post, just read the last few paragraphs!

Swatches for the Snow White sweater. I don't like how I had to stretch the ribbing waaaay out to get gauge - I had cast on enough stitches for a 6x4 inch swatch. The stockinette one was very close to gauge but you can see the edges of the 4x4 paper beneath peeking out which tells you that it had to be stretched a bit to get there. (Recommended gauges: St st 18 sts, 26 rows, ribbing 16 sts, 28 rows.)

On a side note, I love this way of measuring gauge swatches! I used to always knit a bigger swatch than 4x4 and measure in several places. Probably more accurate but the 4x4 paper is so much easier! You can tell which ones I knit first and last by that.

This is an example of what happens when you don't label your swatches right away... you end up making another swatch with the same size needles. At least I'm fairly consistent (if you can't see the little tags, the gauge on one is 20 sts, 29 rows and the other is 21 sts, 32 rows). These were for the Elizabeth Bennett Cardigan. (Recommended gauge 22 sts, 30 rows.)

And the winner is... the Scoop Neck Vest! (Ravelry link because I think the picture is better than the actual pattern link, even though that one sports a sexy librarian type. Great job Mrs. Pink!) Gauge is spot-on at 18 sts and 24 rows. Unfortunately, this pattern isn't available as an instant gratification .pdf file like Snow White so I'm patiently awaiting it's arrival in the mail.

In the meantime, I've begun a quick and easy project for some instant FO gratification: Felted Beaded Mary Jane Slippers, sans beading.


Gina said...

The slippers are going to be supercool and I'm sure the vest will be very flattering. And easier to tackle than a full sweater.