so i'll be honest, i very rarely swatch for gauge. i'm talking practically never. ever. but when i sat down last night to make a cowl for my aunt i knew a swatch was in order.
i have these three lovely lace-weight yarns in my stash:
i had tried once, a few years ago to knit a lace-weight shawl and promptly gave up. so i knew i wanted to knit these babies together but wasn't sure of needles size, etc... so i cast on a few stitches and got to work:
from the bottom up: i started with us10's and all three yarns, but felt it was too loosely knit, so i switched to us8's. this was producing a nice fabric but when i snuggled it to my face the white mohair was making it too scratchy. i want this cowl to be soft as butter, so i decided to try removing the white yarn.
back to the drawing board... with just the 2 yarns and the us8's i was getting the "soft as butter" effect i was after but the stitches were again too loose. so i switched to us6's and *voila!* i have the desired results!
now i plan to cast on for the sanibel cowl and make my aunt a perfectly snuggably soft cowl!