|Knit Picks Galileo in "Gem" on size 3 (3.25 mm)|
|Combed Romney nests up for sale|
|Original pair of swatches for Knit, Swirl jacket|
The rich purple is a mohair that has been in my stash for years, just waiting for the right project to showcase it's beauty. Being mohair, it isn't next to the skin soft, but it has such a wonderful fluffy halo that it should work well in this jacket. The one on the bottom is the handspun that has made several appearances in this blog. It is the Dolly Dorset with Louet Northern Lights in Wild Berry Jam. These swatches were done on the same needles with the same stitch count and pattern, and they don't match up for size. Bummer, but that is why I do swatches, to find this kind of thing out before I charge into a project. I've learned this the hard way... so I do a lot more swatching than I used to. Since the tags aren't really visable, I'll give the details here.
The mohair swatch is done in Millie Mohair that I've had in my stash since 1992 or so. I remember buying it back when I lived in Colorado from a shop called the Recycled Lamb. I believe that they are still in operation - I've encountered them on Ravelry from time to time.
Back to the swatch: I cast on 24 stitches with the plan of a three stitch garter border and worked it up on size 7 (4.5 mm) needles. Did four rows of garter stitch and then worked the stockinette center section and finished up with another four rows of garter stitch. Bound it off and gave it a bath. Who knew such fine yarn would work up in nearly Aran weight? The fabric is light and airy, but the fuzz really fills it up! I also notice that it has a definite tendency to bias which is good to know. I didn't block it hard because I wanted to know what it wanted to do on its own. Worked up at four stitches per inch, just a bit too big for the gauge called for in the pattern.
The second swatch is the handspun done up in the same fashion. But it washed up nice and square - being a three ply yarn really helps it to behave as a more stable yarn construction. This swatch worked up at just over five stitches per inch.
|New swatch showing the welted construction,|
done in two different needle sizes