My dad's 70th birthday is this Saturday, and last night I got the bright idea that I want to make him the gaiter (neck warmer) from the pattern found in One Skein by Leigh Radford
In the book they use Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk. I just don't see my dad handwashing anything, so I'm looking to substitute something machine washable.
The pattern says to use a worsted-weight (Medium #4) yarn, with a gauge of 35 sts and 29 rows = 4" in k2, p2 rib on size 6 (4 mm) needles, with rib relaxed. Is it possible to make that gauge with that type of yarn? Isn't that about 8-9 sts/inch? I think I might end up on a #3 or #4 needle to get that kind of gauge. The finished size is supposed to be about 20" circumference and 4 1/4" high.
Well, I'm doing a swatch with some Mission Falls 1824 Wool (100% merino superwash)
. I'm doing the rib on size 6 needles, and getting about 24 sts = 4". I know I'd need to use a smaller needle to try and match the gauge of the pattern, but I'm not sure this yarn is going to give me the appropriate drape.
Any suggestions? Nothing like getting this bright idea at the last minute!
I think I'd be able to finish it in time, assuming I can find the right yarn. Thank goodness I have more than one LYS nearby...one of them is sure to have the perfect yarn that one of you KHer's will suggest.
Thanks for any help you can offer!