I just finished knitting the Bandana Cowl in Malabrigo Worsted (Aran: 100% Merino, 210 yards). The pattern called for a #10 needle. Since I’ve been knitting closer to gauge when I knit English style, I decided to (uncharacteristically) cast on without knitting a gauge swatch. I know, I’ve shocked you, haven’t I?
When I finished, the cowl felt a little small. Not much, a little. I measured the gauge and found that I was knitting at 4.5 sts/1″ versus the gauge of 4 sts/1″. What irony, if when I knit English I might need to go up a needle size. The Knitting Gods have a sick sense of humor.
I also only used half a skein to knit the Bandana cowl. If you’re looking for a quick knit with aran/bulky yarn, this is a good one. As I’m reading this, and linking to the pattern and all that happy stuff, I realized that I didn’t knit the beginning border in garter (as written). I wondered why it rolled in and was figuring ways to fix it.
Big sigh. Well, I think the Knitting Gods have made their point. When you skip the gauge swatch you roll knitting roulette. So, as I write this post it becomes clear that I’m going to rip it out and knit it over again with the following adjustments: #10.5 needle and garter border (as written). Selective reading strikes again.