What does every knitter do just before completing a project? Join two kals and start swatching for new projects of course! Sure, I could’ve worked on the cardie and had an FO report today, but nooo I rather laze around and start playing with new yarn. I think the breaking point came when, while knitting up the button band, I thought I had a lot of dandruff on my shirt. Weird, I don’t have dandruff really! Umm, yeah it was the yarn!!! WTH. Then I thought I cut myself with it which led to it’s banishment. I swear that the Silky Wool is cursed. Today though, nothing but lovely yarn.
I first swatched Glampyre’s Bulky Mini Cardy. I’ve been wanting to knit this one up for weeks, but I was waiting on the main color yarn. It finally arrived on Friday and I couldn’t stand it any longer. I got the pattern gauge on US 13’s, but the fabric was too loose. I decided to go with US 11’s at about 3.5 spi. A little less bulky, but it should still be a quick knit. The cc will be some brown chunky wool I happen to have in my stash; I hope the colors mix well together.
The next project on my list is the ever popular Hot Lava, which I’ll be knitting in Malabrigo worsted merino in Rosa Vivacity. I still have to tink with the gauge on this one (may even have to whip out “the maths” as I like to call it). The pattern gauge is 3 spi and 5rpi with US 11’s. The swatch above is on US 11’s but with a gauge of 3.5 spi and 5 rpi, close but the fabric is too loose once again. My first swatch was on 10.5’s with a gauge of 4-4.5 spi. I’ll keep playing around untill I get a fabric that looks right, but it’s a little frustrating since I usually get gauge the first time around. Did anyone get gauge for this pattern or did you just try it on as you went?