Friday, June 25, 2010


I spent a few evenings this week working up a swatch with the yarn I chose  for a Vaila Slipover. Reviews are mixed.

I like the overall pattern and don’t think it will be hard to follow. I’m a little concerned about the green sections. A darker green that I had originally wanted was on backorder until September(!), so I shifted the whole green family one shade lighter. I’m just not sure what I think of the main green color through the middle of that section – it’s called Celadon Heather, and is just a bit lighter than I’d like.

I’m afraid that the large X pattern that runs between all the crossed diamonds will fade out too much through the green sections. Could it be that when there are more brown and green striped sections that they eye will be able to follow the Xs better?

I’m also a little worried about gauge. Before washing, I’m getting about 32.5 stitches over 4 inches. The gauge calls for 30. I don’t want to go down to size 2 needles (I’m currently on 3s), and I don’t want to go down  size – that would be too drastic, I think. I could knit tighter. My gauge with the background colors, which I’m throwing with my right hand, is terribly inconsistent.

I’m going to take this to some experts this weekend and see what they have to say. I’m hopeful that it will all work out. I still can’t believe that stack of balls of yarn from my last post could turn into this.


  1. The swatch looks great - what thought about making it bigger to see if you really like the colors before you start knitting the sweater?

    I used a US 2 on the fair isle vest was working on with Palette. I think I'm going to frog it and start over though because I was pulling the yarn too much and it puckered - it doesn't look anywhere as nice as yours.

  2. I like it, but I see what you mean - if you want the X's to pop more, could you switch the brown and green? Not sure it would work, since I don't have the pattern.

    I'm so impressed with all your colorwork!

  3. oooo, I like those colors!! Very suave and debonair.

  4. Hmmm. I don't think that just trying to knit tighter is a great solution. It's better to switch the tool - much more consistent. Why are you anti-2s?

    As for color, I think colors with more contrast could pop more, but that doesn't mean I dislike this combo. It's soothing. Color is soooooo personal, though... If you don't love it, switch something and see if that makes a difference.