I had thought that this yarn would lend itself to all sorts of cables and gansey designs, and it probably does. But getting gauge gave me fits. My swatches (yes, washed and blocked) were spot on, but not at full size. After many false starts, I ended up with a simple Andalusian stitch. I finally got gauge and and a handsome vest, I think.
- Yarn: Bemidji Woolen Mills Homespun yarn, "The Natural Yarn ... from the wool of sturdy Northern-grown sheep." Four skeins, 225 yards/4 ounces. Lovely wool!
- Needles: US3 (3.0mm) and US4 (3.5mm)
- Gauge: 4.4 stitches/inch in Andalusian pattern (have I mentioned that I am a loose knitter?).
- Pattern: Loosely based on Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, a very handy book that I have used frequently.
- Finished chest circumference: 48 inches. Because this yarn is a little on the heavy side, I gave it a little more ease than usual.