Tiny Scale Jacket

April 9, 2009

I'm an awful decision maker

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.

next project?

I've been carrying this little doodle around for two or three years now and didn't finally swatch it until last summer. looking at my files I can see I typed out a rough pattern in july, so what has been the hold up? I did drag the yarn up with me during christmas, but just didn't get around to it. I finally whipped this swatch out again last month just for me to question the gauge I was going for. maybe it's the brat in me that wants this now!now!now! or I just love to second guess myself. maybe I just have commitment issues.

scale swatches for body and sleeves

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.

stockinette swatches for yoke

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.

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