Monday, November 8, 2010

Swatching Ugh!

The Face of Frustration. I am attempting to be a good girl and do a proper swatch for my NaKniSweMo Deep V Argyle Vest project.

The pattern calls for size 4 needles, and a DK weight yarn. I am using Shelridge Farm Softouch DKW. I know that this is supposed to be steeked, and this is a Superwash yarn. I fully intend to sew it before cutting the steeks.

So, using the size 4 needles, I get 32 stitches/4 inches instead of the recommended 22 stitches/4 inches. REALLY ???? Then, I decided to move up a needle size and see where that brings me. The size 5 needles give me 28 stitches/4 inches. That's when I got fed up and took this picture. When will I ever be able to start? The portion closest to my fingers is the size 5 swatch. I can see a considerable difference when I compare the two, but it still isn't enough.

So, I tried a size 6 needle, and that gave me 26 stitches/4 inches. Using this, I decided to go up to the size 42" measurements. 230 stitches casted on, divided by 6.5 is roughly 35 inches. Since my real measurements are 34 inches, I wouldn't mind having 1 extra inch of ease. That leaves room, just in case I want to have a big dinner, or a few desserts. Hehe! By the time I finish this sweater, Thanksgiving leftovers will have already been consumed.

So I casted on, and am officially moving forward with this sweaeter. FINALLY! Wish me luck, or better yet PRAY FOR ME.


Oiyi said...

I don't find swatching to be fun, so swatching for colorwork must be torture. Wishing you lots of luck!

Kelli Simone said...

You get extra points from me for swatching colorowrk. You'll be so glad though when you don't have to rip out of gift the vest when you're done. ~ksp

Necia said...

Hey Shameka, did you wash your swatch? Ive heard that's super important for color work!

chicagopurl said...

I am too tickled that you are back updating your blog chica! I missed you! You will get your swaych perfect I know it. Luuuved the costume, and wish I was with you on the yarn crawl!

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