Swatching for Juliet

I've finally put aside my Gothic Scarf for long enough to swatch for Juliet.

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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.

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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.

One thought on “Swatching for Juliet

  1. what a pretty pattern, I wish you all the luck with this project. i wish I could offer you some advice, but I’m not good at sizing either

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