A Swatch for Ronald?

I went from squinting at the Rogue hood cable chart to reading boxes on a colorwork chart!

argyle swatch
deep v argyle vest swatch for Ronald McDonald
knit picks merino style

I am planning to make Eunny’s Deep V Argyle Vest for someone as a gift. I planned to use Knit Picks Merino Style in Cinnamon and Rhubarb.

After reading the posts at the Argyle Vest-Along, I noticed that everyone using Merino Style had problems getting gauge with it. Since I already had some Merino Style in stash, I decided that I would swatch what I had and see how my gauge worked out.

On US4 (3.5mm) dpns, I managed to get a gauge of about 26 stitches and 27 rows per 4″ square, which is still quite a bit different from the pattern gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows per 4″ square (too many stitches, too few rows! how strange).

However, I like the fabric it makes on this size needle and I do love knitting with this yarn. If the colors of Cinnamon and Rhubarb are right — and I am going to order a ball of each to check and swatch — then I think I will just adjust the pattern to my numbers.

I love the look of colorwork vests and I am often tempted to knit them, but it’s not my style and I won’t wear them. I love that I have someone to knit for (in secret!) who loves to wear sexy colorwork vests. I think she’ll love this sweater. Here’s hoping I can find the perfect yarn!

[For the record, I really want a brown and pink combination that looks a lot like the dark brown and bright pink as in this Komi Mitten I knit rather than the light pink and dark brown combination a lot of people have been putting together.]

4 Comments so far

  1. gleek on September 4th, 2006

    i have to warn you that even if you adjust the pattern to your swatch and get a vest that fits, the merino style is exceedingly bulky once all steeked. a friend of mine made it and i doubt that she’ll ever really wear it. it was just way too much sweater!

  2. Andrea on September 4th, 2006

    That’s a funky row gauge in the pattern… usually the ratio is around 2:3, not 1:1! Maybe there’s a typo?

  3. Andrea on September 4th, 2006

    Oh… and I love that colour combination in the mittens. :) Of course, I think the light brown adds a lot… I’m not sure how it will look with just the two.

  4. Julie on September 7th, 2006

    mmmmmm brown & pink! :)