Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Yarn Choice

For better or worse, I have my yarn for "Tempting II". I purchased 6 balls of Lana Grossa Basics "Fresh" in color #301. According to the ball band this yarn should knit up at 20 sts over 4 inches as the Tempting pattern requires.

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I've done numerous gauge swatches and I've found the needle size I need to achieve that exact gauge. Personally I think this particular yarn looks better knitted up at a tighter gauge, like 22 to 24 stitches over the 4 inches, but I'll go with what the pattern requires. It's lovely soft yarn and I haven't been able to find much else locally.

I hope I don't end up regretting that decision.


Dr. Spaulding said...

I'm going to encourage you to be a pattern rebel. If you love the yarn, and you love it at a tighter gauge, then just do it! This is a simply pattern and it would be very easy to calculate the numbers of stitches, increases, decreases, etc. for this pattern according to your swatch and your measurements. Imagine how in control of your knitting you'll feel!

Marlene said...

Yes, I know you are right. It is certainly within my ability to reinvent the pattern in a tighter gauge, I dabble in a bit of designing now and then. It's just that I usually prefer to have someone else do all the thinking for me so I can just relax and KNIT.

Anonymous said...

You could always go up a pattern size or two with the smaller needles, and add rows for length.