I'm struggling to get started. I'm going to use Louisa Harding Willow Tweed as I have enough in my stash. It's a blend of alpaca (40%) and merino wool (40%) with little puffs of white silk (20%). The yarn is now discontinued.
The original sweater is done in a yarn that knits to a worsted or aran weight. I wanted to do a more lightweight version. The yarn I have claims to be a DK weight but it looks thinner to me. I did a gauge swatch on 4mm/US 6 needles but the resulting fabric was much too loose. The same was true for the 3.75mm/US 5 needles. Now, I'm going to do another swatch, going down another needle size. Once I've found a gauge that I like, then I'll make adjustments to the sweater. I'll probably end up doing more stripes at this finer gauge but that's fine with me.
The pattern's picture, above, shows 4 colors for the major stripes and a 5th color, the black, for the minor stripes.
- use all 4 of my colors for the major stripes? If so, what color would work for the minor ones? If I don't have it in my stash, I don't mind buying a single skein or two if necessary. Since this yarn is discontinued and hard to find I don't mind doing the dividing stripes in another type of yarn. Would white be too stark?
- use 3 of my colors for the major stripes and the fourth for the minor one? If so, which ones should I use? I thought of using the green for a minor stripe, laid it out on the table and didn't like it at all.
- use all of my colors or should any one or more of them be set aside for a different project?
- what order would look good for the striping?
I'll continue to think about this...swatching and laying out the colors in different combinations. I welcome any and all input. Meanwhile, my other project, Mosaic, is coming along nicely, approaching the halfway mark. The back and one sleeve is finished.