Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Waltham swatch

I finished up my Waltham swatch last night. I know I'm early, but knitting the swatch now gives me a break from the Early Bird and chance to cheerlead while you make yours, too.

The swatch is a fairly straightforward venture. The designer, Kathy Zimmerman, suggests making a large swatch, so I followed directions and casted on 50 stitches. I then knitted the following pattern:

K1, P3, K1 K1, P3, K1 P4, K2, P4, K1, P3, K1 K1, P3, K1 P4, K2, P4, K1, P3, K1 K1, P3, K1

Knowing that I usually knit more loosely than I should, I moved down a needle size and made my swatch using Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light with size 6 needles. Perfect. I easily got both stitch and row gauge in the first shot.

I always like wrapping completed swatches around my wrist to see what the sleeve might look like. Looks promising - whether my sleepy pets think so or not!

Tonight I go back to my Early Bird and high tail it so I can finish it before the KAL begins in mid-March. I'm more than halfway done on the second sleeve. When that's finished, I'm going to plan out where the cables go on the back and then I'll knock that out. Ha! What a lie. This sweater is a bit slow going - I ain't knocking anything out! But I do plow on, happy to be working on such a pretty cardigan.


  1. Hi Julie,
    This may be a really stupid question, but why are the instructions written 'K1, P3, K1K1, P3' etc. Why the K1 K1 instead of K2. Is this notation I haven't heard of? Is is different than K2?
    Maybe I don't have enough experience for this one! Help!!!

  2. It's an excellent question, Pat and is a function of my own quirkiness. It should be K2 but when I was doing the stitching, I was trying to keep the sections straight in my head. Basically I did two pattern repeats with K1 P3 K1 on each side. And I may be off one stitch in the middle of the swatch, too. But it's good enough for government work and let's me figure out the gauge which is what's really important. Maybe I should take down my exact stitch pattern... let me know if you think so. Thanks, Pat.

  3. OK, I see what you are trying to say! I like to section things off too, to make sense of them.
    Quirkiness is OK!

  4. oh good... I'm wonderful at quirky ;-)