So, I cast on my latest acquisition, using a free pattern from garnstudio.com called Rose Twist. It is knitted with one strand each of Drops Alpaca and Kid-Silk on 5mm needles.I replaced Drops Alpaca (100% Alpaca) with Nord which is a 45% Alpaca, 30% Polyamide, 25% Wool mix (same yarn group), and you’ll notice that I changed the Kid-Silk colour from blue-grey to petrol as the former totally ‘diluted’ the beautiful blue-green of Nord (colour is deep ocean – mix).
What you see below is my swatch (actually the beginning of the back). I usually start knitting and check gauge as I knit. I continue if I get gauge, if I don’t, I start again. I completely forgot about that and got this far on my commute from work yesterday, hence the extra-large ‘swatch’. I knitted on 5mm needles as per instruction, but I’m getting 18 sts and 25 rows instead of the recommended gauge of 17sts and 22 rows; so I’m not sure if I should go up a size, 5.5mm perhaps?
Since I’m getting 18sts instead of 17sts, should I continue with 5mm but be aware of the length? One thing I really like about the pattern is it’s top-down so I can try it on as a knit.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
I haven’t forgotten about my Sirdar Click cardigan, but it’s is now too big to carry to work. I’ve joined the shoulders, knitted the ribbing on the neck and I’m currently knitting the ribbing on the right side, so I NEED another train-worthy project .