Hi there, As one of the test knitters I am hoping you can help me. I made a lovely big swatch for the botanical shawl. After blocking I am at 18 stitches for 4 inches rather than the 22 the pattern calls for. I am already on size 5 needles and the fabric actually looks nice but over the size of the pattern the stitch gauge being this far off will be a problem. I am more than happy to knit another swatch and then we’ll no doubt need to get another scan or 2 of Atlas but I’m wondering what your thoughts are about this. Are number 3 or 4 needles going to work with Atlas yarn? This is my first experience with it and I know you’ve knit a lot with it and looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks Nancy from Salt Lake City
Have you watched your swatch? That may make a bit of a difference. If you’re still not there (or close enough to feel comfortable), then go down to a four. I’ve played with Atlas a lot and it does respond well to gauge shifting.
My apologies for my delay in responding, I’ve been away from the laptop.
My first question is are you using a wooden needle? If not please try, they tend to grip the yarn a little more than metal.
I’m a loose knitter and used (wooden) US4s for the sample. Even though Atlas can be knit beautifully at a looser gauge, your wrap will take more yarn and be much larger at 18 stitches to 4".
Do not hesitate to email me directly
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Atlas yarn. Peat, Natural, Barn Red, and Whisper. Good first project for strand knitting. I love Atlas.
Julie, this is a fantastic use of Dee’s beautiful colorwork charts!
Which shades of Atlas did you choose?
Thank you! It is shale, pear, and leek.
Here they are - Climbing Vine Mitts! Made with Atlas Mallard, Seaglass, and Natural. Took them out for a test run and they kept my hands nice and toasty! Even got a compliment on them!
Holy moly! That’s amazing!
I have my first mitt finished. It is only my second color-work project, and I can see I need to even out the tension. Any suggestions? I read about turning the work inside out and wondered if anyone has done that or can suggest something else to try.
I generally do inside out with the floats going around the outside. That helps a lot for me so worth a try, I’m sure there are a ton of other helpful hints, like spreading out the stitches on the right needle before locking the float. Blocking will also help a lot.
Thanks. I was thinking blocking would help, but will also experiment with inside out. I saw a tutorial on YouTube that was helpful.
it almost always looks better after blocking!!!
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