When buying yarn, I almost always buy at least one skein more than the pattern suggests. I’m a bit of a loose knitter but with a swatch, I know my sweater is going to fit but, if the pattern suggests using a 4.0 mm needle and that’s what the yardage is based on, and I’m having to use a 3.5 mm needle to get stitch gauge, I may be using more yards. Often, by going down a needle size, I’ll get stitch gauge right (so many stitches per 4 inches) but my row gauge is almost always short. If I’m supposed to have 24 rows per 4 inches, I’ll likely have 22 rows, which means I have to knit more rows to get my project the right length.
Also, if I’m going to make a swatch, and sometimes two swatches, that takes yardage.
Finally, I’d just rather pay for an extra skein of yarn than have to worry about running out of yarn.
For the Blue Sand sweater, since I can’t find the pink yarn, I’m going to be using more gray yarn. As I was thinking I was going to start knitting on it yesterday, I gathered up the yarn I have and here’s what I saw:
Those two grays are not the same! They are the same color but obviously different dye lots. I’m not upset because that’s what happens with hand dyed yarns. It’s my fault for not buying enough yarn in the beginning.
For the sleeves, you can see that there’s some navy, then some gray. I’m going to do a navy stripe the same width as the stripes in the sweater, then knit with gray. I was afraid if I picked up the sleeve and knitted more gray, those two grays might not be perfect matches.
I have a big ball of gray yarn from where I ripped back the length on the sweater and I think that one ball will be plenty for both sleeves so I don’t have to worry about yarns that don’t match.
I’m also thinking I may make the cuffs navy. What do you think about that? Cuffs are the first things that get dirty on my sweaters and navy might be better than light gray for those cuffs.
I’ll finish Addie’s unicorn sweater, then I’ll start working on my Blue Sand.