Stripey Swatching

The swatch habit has really slipped of late. The yarn I'm using has a wacky gauge listed on the label (3.5 stitches and 4.75 rows per inch on a US10). I need to figure out my gauge on US7s, and double-check if the yarn likes to be knit on a much smaller needle than the label indicates. Maybe this yarn needs a US10. I don't think so, but it's best to be sure before starting the sweater.

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As I suspected, a US10 would have been much too large of a needle to be using for what looks like a worsted-weight yarn. Can I just say that I love these two colorways together? [Neither is well represented in the above photo.] The combination is so cheery, yet so autumnal. I think that it'll be perfect for Kate.

 

Love the colors!

I'm loving the stripes.

Gauge is a tricky beast. I'm using yarn that should be knitted on 7s, according to the label. Yeah, 7s if you want to knit lace! I ended up using 5s (but only because I didn't want to go all the way down to 4s).
Cute stripes!

Pretty, pretty colors!

I just love stripes! So IRL the yellow is more of a gold?

The emphasis on knitting labels seems to be quick not perfect these days. I much prefer the 7 or 8 needle on a worsted weight. I think the garments maintain their shape better and don't appear to take all that much longer to knit! I just picked up some variegated ribbon yarn in the same color scheme for a shawl for my niece. Hope it looks as good as yours!

I kinda feel like that happens a lot--like, they list a bigger needle than one should actually use. Maybe I'm a super-loose knitter, but I don't know....

 

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