Last night I swatched two different yarns for the All of the Lights cardigan Karen and I are starting October 1. If anyone else wants to jump in and knit it with us, you’re welcome to join. We have a “loose” deadline of December 1 to get it finished. I am not a betting girl but if I were, I’d bet against either of us getting it done by that date.
I swatched with Miss Babs Yowza on the left and Madelinetosh Tosh DK on the right.
The correct gauge is 24 stitches and 32 rows in the cable pattern using 4 mm needles. Knowing I’m a loose knitter, I swatched with 3.75 mm needles.
Miss Babs Yowza
I love the yarn, love the color, but I think this yarn is just a bit lightweight for this project. The gauge is a good bit off. This stitch gauge is 29 stitches/4″, which would make a significant difference in the size of this sweater. The row gauge is perfect.
Madelinetosh Tosh DK
I was a bit concerned about the variation in color causing the cables not to show up so well but I think that’s not a problem. I am a bit concerned about the yardage I have. This is a discontinued yarn and I cannot get more. I have 1,800 yards. The pattern calls for 1,687 yards and, as I’ve mentioned, some people have run short.
Here are the mods I plan to make, all of which should mean I do not run short on yarn.
- No pockets. I don’t like pockets on my cardigans
- Sleeves – I may leave off all the texture stitches and do only the cables on the sleeves.
- Length – I will make the sweater at least a couple of inches shorter.
Now, I’m anxious to get started on this project.