SWATCHES! We love to hate ‘em. We’ve talked a lot about swatching here on the blog, because Celeste and I both believe it’s pretty important. Well… it’s important if you want something to be a specific size, particular drape and use a certain amount of yarn. Otherwise, we can ignore it. For this sweater, it’s pretty important. (Click here to read our first post about the KAL, with project details.)
I might still be shaking off the winter dust, as I am having a hard time deciding between a handful of different yarns. I decided to swatch with all three, and of course, share it with you so that it will help you make a decision. While we are often very concerned about how many stitches per inch we can achieve on a certain needle size, I hoped my swatches for the Featherweight Cardigan would show me more about drape.
This pattern calls for a gauge of 24 stitches over 4 inches and was originally knit in Malabrigo lace, which is a thin, light and lofty merino yarn. All three of these swatches are worked to that gauge, though they look and feel very different!
Swatch #1 – Cascade 220 Fingering, in color #8910 , citron.
Characteristics – light, fluffy, 2-ply, wooly
Swatch #2 – Frog Tree Pediboo Tonal, in color #1423 , deep pink semi-solid
Characteristics – bouncy, squishy, more dense, slight sheen, soft
Swatch #3 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, in color #3709, wood violet
Characteristics – smooth, shiny, drapey, has substance
The swatch closest to the pattern’s original = #1
The swatch with the swingiest drape = #3
The swatch that attracts me the most = #2
I think I’m going to start with the squishy and gorgeous Pediboo. It’s not as light and fluffy as a “Featherweight” cardigan would be, but it will still be lightweight enough to wear in the air conditioning. I love the fabric of the other two swatches, though, and have a feeling you’ll see those yarns again on the blog in the near future! I have these three on display here at the shop if you want to feel the difference and decide for yourself!