Jillian’s Spinning: Saranac Shawl Swatches

I’m moving right along with sampling for my Saranac Shawl.

I knit swatches this week!

All three colors plied on themselves.
All three colors plied on themselves. Colors from left 1, 2 ,3.
Single colorway swatches.  From left, colors 1, 2,3
Single colorway swatches.
From left, colors 1, 2,3

The blended colorways:

yarns from blended colorways. Top (L, R) 1+2, 1+3 Bottom (L,R) 2+3, all 3
Yarns from blended colorways.
Top (L, R) 1+2, 1+3
Bottom (L,R) 2+3, all 3

Top to bottom: 1+2, 2+3 and 1+2+3

Top to bottom: 1+2, 2+3 and 1+2+3

I still like the blended colorways better knitted. I don’t like the combination of colors 1+3 at all for this project, so I tossed that possibility. The other 3 blended yarns I knit into bigger swatches to see how the colors would play out.

blended big swatches
Top to bottom: 1+2, 2+3 ans 1+2+3

Two of them I liked as little swatches and not as much bigger, 1+2+3 and 1+3. I really don’t like how the colors mixed in to a weird almost pastel in spots in 1+3.

1+2 I was kind of, meh on as a small swatch. I liked the clay color a lot but wasn’t sure how the other brighter colors would stripe around it. Knitted bigger I I like it, and think it will be lovely in the shawl.

The other thing I learned with this exercise is part of my ongoing mystery and battle with gauge. I can see in the photos that when I relax as I knit a bigger swatch, my gauge loosens up quite a bit – at least 1/2 of a stitch and inch. I changed nothing, the yarn was the same and the needles were the same, I just knit a bigger swatch paying less attention to it.  I need to always knit a bigger swatch to get closer to project gauge.

So tell me which swatches do you like?

I’m off to spin my yarn!

 

 

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

4 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: Saranac Shawl Swatches

  1. Carol

    I’m fairly new to spinning. I have not done sampling. Just wondering about how much wool you use to do your samples?

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