Hope everyone’s having a nice long holiday weekend. Here in Central PA, the weather’s been kinda iffy all weekend – maybe it’ll rain, maybe it won’t – perfect for… swatching!
Using my lovely Symphony Lace sample, my goal was to a) figure out whether I’d be holding the yarn single or double for the Lace Jacket; and b) get gauge. Here’s a sampling of my results:
Swatch with size 7 needles, yarn held double:
Swatch with size 10 needles (!!!), yarn held single:
Swatch with size 6 needles, yarn held single:
I don’t think the pictures really show it, but there’s a definite difference between holding this particular yarn single vs. double. I like both, but for this project, I’m going with holding the yarn single. It creates a lighter, airier fabric, with nice drape, which is what I’m looking for. The doubled swatch is surprisingly dense, and a little too warm for its intended use.
As far as gauge is concerned, looks like I have to work on that. Five swatches were created, with 5 different needle sizes, yarn was held single and double… and every swatch IS EXACTLY THE SAME GAUGE. Seriously. 20 yarnyMarni stitches in this partial lace pattern = 4″, no matter what. This is a problem when the pattern’s calling for 12 stitches = 4″. I wish I could explain this. Can anyone out there explain this? SOMEONE please explain this!!!!