July 2, 2013
Barbara's Knit and Crochet
The granny square box is almost full.
When I lay out the scarf, I see that I need one or two more rows to approximate the 72-75 inches I'm going for. I'm seriously running short of yarn at this point, and will dip into some untapped stash for more colors.
I sewed one row together and wet blocked it to see how much it would grow, and the growth was negligible: 1/4"- 1/2" in length and width. So it's at least one more row, and probably a border as well.
Because I get the itch to start something new right about the time I start to see the end of a project, I knitted up some swatches for the Guernsey Triangle. Yarn and needle choice are very important to maximize the texture in the stitch pattern.
My first sample was knit with some plain wool sock yarn in the recommended size 4 needle. In the middle of the swatch I switched to size 3, and the top was knit in size 2. If I were to use this yarn, I might even knit it on a #1 (though I would need more yarn) to get good stitch definition. The photo makes the texture look better than it does in real life.
I got much better results with a ball of Plymouth Happy Feet, also a wool and nylon sock yarn. You can see on the yarn tails that this yarn has a hard twist, so the stitch definition is superior. Problem: I only have one ball, so I decided to see what else I could test.
I have 1800 yards of recycled cashmere from a sweater I unraveled. The weight is a light fingering or heavy lace weight, so I put two strands together.
The stitch definition is very good, and it's squishy as all get out. I'm going to use this yarn.
Test out a lot of yarns if you tackle this pattern, and maybe try a sport or dk weight or a smaller needle to get good stitch definition. Making these adjustments will require more yardage than the pattern specifies.