I've finally put aside my Gothic Scarf for long enough to swatch for Juliet.
I swatched and I swatched and I swatched. Since the pattern calls for a bulky yarn, I started with my yarn double stranded. I'm using Rowan's RYC Soft Tweed yarn for this project, but I must have been having a yarn blank out because it looked like a worsted weight to me. So, I double stranded it and swatched.
No good — I was getting 12 stitches to 4 inches, not 14 as the pattern demanded. And, I didn't like the fabric. It was too thick. Having looked around on Ravelry and realizing this was actually a bulky yarn, I decided to single strand it. I started at the pattern's suggested needle size of 10.5 and got a huge piece of fabric, about 5 1/2 inches at 14 stitches. I knit gauge swatch after gauge swatch, finally ending up just a smidge over four inches on US 8 needles.
Are you sensing a theme here? All of a sudden, it seems like everything I'm knitting is gray. The scarf, the sweater — I assure you it was not intentional but I do love gray- the moodiness of it heading into spring. Although the RYC yarn is completely different from the baby alpaca I'm knitting the scarf from, it is a unique and wonderful yarn, spun from a blend of wool, silk, and rayon.
The question is, though, will Juliet be perfect, custom fit after all that swatching? I'm notoriously bad at sizing. So don't hold your breath.