Despite the many warnings about the fickle nature of swatches from my amazing fellow knitters, I went all out this time around. I have measurements from: fresh-off-the-needles swatches, wet swatches, and blocked swatches. And I have an answer – well sort of. I have some choices to make.
On the one hand, I had a Harry Potter moment when I measured the blocked US#3 swatch. It’s a perfect 4’=24 x 32 Stst gauge. However, that means I’ll be knitting this project on six inch US#3 DPNs, of which I have ten.
No big deal, this is the OG of knitting tech, right?
Wrong. The missus disabused me of this with a bit of research. It turns out that way back when there were knitting guilds and you had to have a six year apprenticeship followed by years of travel to learn new techniques and amass the right kind of portfolio, these manly knitters used circular needles. DPNs didn’t come into prominence until knitting lost some of it’s prestige and people began to knit for themselves. Think industrial mixer to your every-day counter top Kitchen Aid. She also gave me a really concerned look and asked if it would just be easier to invest in some circular needles for this kind of thing. Clearly, she is the best wife ever and is the person in this relationship with all the sense because I am still considering giving it a shot.
- I like the fabric I get with the US 3’s
- If I work with the DPNs that I knit the swatch with, I’ll be sure about the end result
- I don’t have to buy one more thing.
- The prospect of knitting the collar using US #0’s
- Dropped stitches/the sweater has to stay at home
On the other hand, I could do some math and still use the US 4’s, in which case, I am all set with the interchangeable needles. The gauge becomes a variable in this case since there isn’t a perfect translation between straight needles and circulars….
-I’m going to end up buying the circular needles aren’t I?
Sigh. I have got the be the one knitter who hates shopping for stuff. I can’t help it. It’s the minimalist in me. That said I need to be true to the conclusion I came to in my last post: it’s all about having the right tools. It isn’t as if I’m only making this one sweater and I won’t ever use them again. I’m likely to need these size needles since I’d like to exclusively wear knit tops I’ve made.
I’m off to KnitPicks, where I will ignore the potential free shipping and just buy what I need. Just needles.