which is probably something I’ve written on this blog, one way or another, a million times. but really, it takes me a long time to make decisions. once I do though I go full force with it. let’s take my next project as an example.
anywho, I originally swatched this on 3.25 mm needles, which are the needles stated on the pear tree merino 4ply label. I really like how delicate the little scales look, but worried if I would be able to wear this sweater this season. veronique, in all her genius, suggested swatching with bigger (faster!) needles. wha? why would I do that?! ohhhh.
I ended up swatching with 4.5 and 5.5mm needles and was surprised that the fabric didn’t look too airy which was a worry of mine. it would definitely be a lot faster (pro), but I’m losing the little scales (con). is the texture as interesting with the larger needles? I think I decided that I’m going to go with the 5.5mm, though I’m already talking myself out of it. I just have to rewrite the pattern for the new gauge tonight and maybe I’ll actually cast on for this sweater this weekend.