Sunday, September 24, 2006

Swatching and Ripping

I've decided to go for a really basic sweater for this KAL. I'm a long-time knitter, but I've just moved from Southern California to Northern Virginia and I need some warm clothes before the Autumn reallly kicks in. My most likely candidate is The Weekend Sweater from Wool Gathering #65, but I may change my mind to another construction from Knitting without Tears once I get started.

For yarn, I'm going to using some Knit Picks Andean Treasure in Lilac. I have a couple untouched balls that I'm using to swatch, and a uncompleted shawl that I will frog. I've never finished anything in this yarn and I'm worried it might be a little hot, so I'm swatching on rather large needles compared with what the band recommends. Does anyone have experience with this yarn as pullover? Its %100 Alpaca.


  • Never used that particular yarn, but alpaca is known for being very warm. I've just started Rogue in a DK weight alpaca that I'm knitting on size 8 needles for the 4.5 stitches per inch. I've only got a few inches done, but so far, it doesn't seem excessively warm. So I suspect that if you knit it on larger needles than what it recommends, you should be fine as far as the warmness factor goes. That, and as a former Southern Californian (San Diego to Portland, OR), I can attest that you will most likely bundle up WAY more your first few winters than the people who are used to it.

    By Blogger Jenn, at 8:18 AM  

  • I can't attest to the yarn, but I've been living in Arlington Virginia since the Ford administration.

    And the looser gauge is a great idea!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:23 PM  

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