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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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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