Friday, April 10, 2009

Riddle Me This

I am starting to dye and work up sample garments from the cotton slub yarn. I am in love in a big way with this yarn. It is simple, texturally interesting, soft, gets softer with each wash and is cheap. It does have one curious quirk and I'm wondering if anyone else has encountered this phenomenon.

I knit an unwashed swatch of 5.5 stitches/inch on a 3US. The pattern I wanted ot make called for 6.75 stitches/in so I went on a quest to find metal 1US straight needles (thanks Thi!). I cast on fairly confident that knitting a sport weight yarn on 1US would get a pretty close guauge except it didn't. It got 5.5 stitches/in. I picked out another project for the same yarn and swatched on 5US. The gauge is 5.5 stitches/in. Augh! The only difference has been the row gauge has gone from 7 to 12 rows/in. This could just be a quirk of swatching that will work itself out as I knit more with this. I'm curious if any of you have a reasonable explanation why the stitches would be getting taller but not wider?