I have a theory that I will get different gauge on the same yarn with different needles and different methods of knitting - circular vs flat, bamboo vs metal. I'm not one to swatch, I'm too impatient. But I have a healthy stash of Cascade 220 superwash and I bought the 60 Quick Knits for Cascade 220 that Grumperina reviewed. Her reviews always sell me.
So I was thinking that since there were a number of projects I would like to make from this book I decided that doing a number of swatches would satisfy a couple of purposes. I would like to find out if I have different gauge for different needles and methods (something I suspect with no evidence to support this suspicion), I would like to have a concrete knowledge of this yarn before I begin a mess of projects and I also want to find out if I'm a loose or a tight knitter.
Another good reason for this experiment is that this is my new blog and I needed something useful to write about to get me started. Onward with the specs.
The swatch above was knitted on Addi Turbos Size 6 which happens to be a needle I reach for often. I love Addi Turbos and size 6 was great for the large number of ball band dishcloths I made in my knitting history. My gauge, knitting flat in garter and stockinette, is 5 stitches per inch. Cascade 220 is recommended to be knit on size 7 for 5 stitches per inch (spi) so here I am a little loose. Their website states that size 6 needles will yield 5.5 spi. I cast on 40 stitches and did 20 rows of garter, 28 rows of stockinette and ended with 5 rows of garter. I wanted a big enough swatch to measure my gauge across a few inches for accuracy's sake.
The next swatch is 40 stitches on bamboo DPNs. Stay tuned for the next swatch!