Originally Posted by lactosefree
I swatched the Cascade 220 Superwash on size 8 needles and got 18 sts at just a smidgen short of 4" and 25 rows to 4". I blocked the swatch and it did indeed 'grow' a bit.
After careful pinning I was able to get 17 sts and 24 rows to 4" as the gauge calls for. If I really wanted to, I could have stretched it a tiny bit bigger - hopefully this won't impact the final product. I'm hoping that if the finished seamed sweater does grow a bit more that I'd like, a quick tumble in the dry will bring it back a bit.
I think I'm going to go ahead and cast on my first piece. If anyone thinks I should go back and re-swatch/use different needlesbased on what I wrote above please let me know ASAP. I would love any all feedback as this will be my first sweater.
Oh yea - I was too impatient to find a friend to wash and dry it for me so I just blocked it. I'm hoping that it won't make a huge difference..... fingers crossed!
I am so happy to hear that you are such a diligent swatcher!
In other CPH knitalongs, I have read that the Central Park Hoodie sizing runs smallish
. So, if you are knitting your size...and if your CPH grows a bit...it will be all good. A lot of knitters say they wished they had known. They would have made a size larger. I am knitting the 44"...because the 48" is way too big. I got PERFECT GAUGE with a US8...so I upped it to a US9...giving me a stitch gauge of 17 st = 4 1/8" instead of 4" exactly.
This itsy bit of extra width
will give me more 'ease' for the 44" chest size. It didn't affect my row gauge!
I'm going to install a zipper and I don't want my CPH to be a body-hugger when zipped up!
Aaargh. I want my CPH to resemble a hooded jacket
, not a zip-up sweater. Jackets should have room to spare when zipped up.
I took a photo of my BACK, unblocked. It looks fine...but wait til you see how the appearance improves
after blocking! I will post comparison photos later! For blocking this CPH, I'll handwash & rinse each piece in lukewarm water using UNICORN FIBER WASH & RINSE, pat out the excess water between bath towels, and then lay out the damp pieces on the blocking board til bone dry. Donegal tweeds are kinda scratchy...even this luxury tweed...and donegal tweeds are kinda chemically smelling from the dye, I think...so washing/rinsing/blocking will soften and
freshen the yarn!
The UNICORN FIBER RINSE has the slightest hint of lavendar, and it is lovely! CLICK HERE
to visit their website. I bought the 16 oz bottles...and it goes a long long way! The people are quick shippers!
The middle 38 st are reserved on an OPTIONS cable.
These 38 live stitches will be the connectors to the HOOD, later on.