If you read my last WIP Wednesday post, you know that I was zipping along on my Cedar Leaf Shawlette.
Knitting this particular pattern with some fingering weight and lace weight yarn held together on size US 5 knitting needles was a spur of the moment decision which I made during a long car ride last weekend. The project was unplanned but, I thought, well-founded. Even though the pattern sample is knit in DK yarn on US 7 needles, I was pretty confident in how my shawlette might turn out. Recently, I saw a friend wearing her beautiful Cedar Leaf Shawlette which she had knit out of Malabrigo sock yarn. Her fingering weight version was knit at a tighter gauge than the pattern called for, and therefore turned out smaller than the pattern sample. But the fabric was nice and drapey, and the finished piece looked gorgeous wrapped around her neck as a scarf.
With seven years of knitting experience behind me, I thought I could get away with knitting a similar scarf-like object, and here's the key point of all of this if you haven't guessed already, without knitting a gauge swatch. (Ugh, that was even painful to type the words.) Excuse me while I go bang my head on my Susan Bates "Knit-Chek" for a minute . . .
Okay, I'm back. So, to review, the Cedar Leaf Shawlette calls for @ 350 yds. of DK weight yarn to be knit on US 7 needles. My fingering weight skein has 385 yds. I assumed that by going down 2 needle sizes, my gauge would be smaller than the gauge of 18 sts. per 4" called for in the pattern, and therefore, I thought I would have plenty of yarn. You can see where this is going . . .
Well, it's a good thing that I really enjoyed knitting the pattern because I'm going to be doing it all over again. As I was knitting the last few leaves of the leafy border I realized I was going to be cutting it super close with my amount of yarn. Knowing that I shouldn't run out if my gauge was right, I decided to measure:
|19sts = 4" Uh-oh!|
I could probably finish it as is, but I will probably frog and re-knit. My first thought was to knit the last couple of leaves on a smaller needle to make my yarn last. When I tried it I found that I like the look of the fabric knit at a tighter gauge much, much better. I like this pattern and this yarn too much to leave it the way it is.
|Here is a leaf knit on a US 5.|
|Here is a leaf knit on a US 3. Much better, don't you think?|
Even though this is more of a UFO, it is an FO for me for now, so I am going ahead and linking up with FO Friday at Tami's Amis. Be sure to blog-hop on over there to view some more successful FO posts!