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October 14, 2003

I’m so excited about this swatch, I had to post. This is Rowan Yorkshire tweed 4-ply on #2 needles, at exactly 9 stitches/inch. I’m excited because it’s a design I’ve wanted to knit for a long time. Look familiar, anyone?


  1. October 14, 2003 12:58 pm

    Beautiful! Hmmm… is it Alba? I’m fairly sure it’s subtitled A Celtic Key Sweater, anyway 🙂 Did you by any chance swatch any fair isle on a 3 or 3.25 needle to see how the gauge compares to shetland jumperweight? I haven’t gotten around to it, and there are curious folks out here!

  2. October 14, 2003 1:11 pm

    Ooh, ooh, I know, I’ve swatched that beast to no avail in 2 different yarns! I don’t think that I will ever make it, however, as my knitting style seems to be unable to make those purls pop enough.
    The folks at VY had the noive to tell me it would work in heb 2ply, but it was like stuffing a size 8 foot into a size 6 shoe!

  3. October 14, 2003 1:13 pm

    Oh PS I should have said it’s Aberlady. And Sheila, it is indeed the same key pattern used in Alba, just with purls instead of colors. Herself makes a point of that in the book I believe.

  4. Linette permalink
    October 14, 2003 1:23 pm

    Yep, it’s Aberlady. Caroline, I think this yarn would be absolutely perfect for it. The swatch looks even crisper in real life than in the photo.
    Sheila, I haven’t done a fair isle swatch yet (I hate swatching FI, much as I love knitting it). The yarn is definitely a little thinner than shetland jumper-weight so it will probably knit a little tighter. The stated gauge for the FI vest in Yorkshire Fable is 7.5 spi.

  5. October 14, 2003 2:55 pm

    hi linette. that swatch looks great! i am going to have to run home and look at the pattern. oh no, another yarn to add to the wish list!

  6. October 14, 2003 7:28 pm

    That yarn will make a great Aberlady! I love it.

  7. vanessa permalink
    October 16, 2003 3:33 am

    is it soft?

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