Friday’s trip to Mecca WEBS proved to be both inspiring and fruitful. There is so much beautiful yarn there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But thanks to a courteous staff member, I was directed to the types of yarn I was looking for, and in what felt like no time at all I was surrounded with great options for a sweater.
In searching for the perfect pattern for My First Sweater, I had these criteria:
Modern and stylish.
Something that would look good on my body that I would like to wear.
Simple but not boring.
In the end, I purchased two top down patterns. I went to WEBS with the intention of getting the yarn to make one or the other, whichever I was more excited about when I saw the yarn options. Silly Peaceful Knitter! There were a few great options for each sweater, and I ended up stocking up to knit both.
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino in color 239. It’s a gorgeous blue-purple semisolid colorway. Love.
Pattern: Baby Cables and Big Ones Too
Yarn: Valley Yarns Stockbridge in Light Gray
See that cable coming up the sleeve from the wrist? That’s what did me in!
I wound up the yarn over the weekend and started swatching. That’s right: I took your advice and swatched then swatched again. Apparently I had a little bit of a mental block when swatching for Wicked. The pattern calls for a size 7 needle. I got 5 1/2 stitches to the inch with 7s (too few), so I needed to try another needle size. This is when I glanced back at the pattern to make sure of the needle size. I saw US size 7 and US size 4. “Really? 4s with worsted weight yarn?” I thought to myself. Okay….so I swatched with 6s. Then 5s and finally 4s.
I was feeling beyond frustrated about not achieving this mythical gauge when I started complaining to Sweetie. She said she’d take a look, and I handed her my knitting and my trusty Susan Bates gauge thingy. She chuckled and said something to the effect of “shouldn’t you be going up a needle size if you want fewer stitches per inch?” After a moment of complete humiliation, I thanked her for being so good with measurements and proceeded to rip out and start over. Apparently when I saw size 4 I was looking at the information for the laceweight version of the sweater, not the worsted! I ignored what I thought I knew about gauge and was implicitly trusting what I thought the pattern said.
I got a good start on Wicked at knitting group yesterday, and am about to start the raglan increases. I love the yarn, and the pattern seems straightforward and just interesting enough. Is it wrong that I’m already excited to be finished with this one so I can start Baby Cables?
While at Mecca WEBS, I also found a better yarn for the Hanami Stole than what I had swatched with before. This is a beautiful raspberry wine color of Misti Alpaca.
One our way out of the parking lot, Sweetie and I both noticed the bead shop. “Do you want to stop?” she offered. “Well, I do need some beads to go with this lace yarn…” We pulled in, found the right beads almost immediately thanks to another courteous staffer, and were on our way. The day was a great success!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my sweater.
Ha! I’m knitting a sweater! I really like the sound of that.