Layton swatching

I’ve just signed on for a new sweater project, Julie Hoover’s Layton, and was really hoping that perhaps the Dottie yarn I’d spun up earlier this winter might fit the bill.

Dottie two-ply

But now that I’m swatching, I’m not sure if it’s going to work.

Pattern gauge is 23 st/ 4 inches, 36 rows / 4 inches.

My swatching results were kind of interesting.

I tried size 5 needles first, and got 20 st/ 4 inches. Then switched to size three to try again, and got 22 st/ 4 inches. The looser fabric felt like it would have a better drape, so I was inclined to do the math necessary to adjust the pattern. But then I checked the row gauge.

Both needle sizes yielded the same row gauge. 28 rows /4 inches.

And both substantially different from the sweater specs.

I think it’s just a function of Dotties wool being very different in texture than the original pattern yarn (silk/merino/cashmere). So I’m not sure there’s much I can do about that.

Except perhaps going back to the drawing board.

In other news, I have made significant progress spinning up Teo’s roving for The Shepherd. Two full bobbins of singles, ready to ply!

That’s going to have to do it for this week, fiber -wise.

The sheeps and chigs say hello- I’ll try to work some critter pics into the blog next week, weather permitting 🙂

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