Swatching the Swellegant Elegance Sweater

Posted on July 19, 2010. Filed under: Crochet |

size 2 hook swatch pic 3

Originally uploaded by tygger428

I didn’t photograph my first swatch (with the original hook size called for) because it was too large in either dimension, and that fact kind of got me annoyed LOL.

I went down a hook size (from 2.75 mm to 2.25 mm) and managed to get the width right(4″) but it is still too tall (4.5″) which I think I can live with. I tend to add more rows to make knitted and crocheted sweaters longer anyway, as I am longer in the waist.

I may end up trying to do the front and back at the same time, as I hate sewing pieces together like the plague.  The yarn used is Stroll Tonal sock yarn from, which is “still” too thick.

The original yarn called for, Kraemer Saucon sock yarn, doesn’t have many “reviews” on (5 was the last number I saw, but all seemed not to like it much.  Plus, at nearly $13 a skein, it is a bit pricey for my blood.  I did manage to find an Ebay vendor who had it a lot cheaper ($4), I sent them a message to verify how many skeins they have in stock.  I need close to 2800 yards, approximately 6 to 7 skeins worth. She doesn’t have sufficient stock of the one color she offered that I liked.  Oh well. (7/21/10 edit)

7/20/10: opted to just “go for it”, even though my stitches are too “tall” for gauge, pulled the swatch out, and am up to the start of row 3 on the front.  Once I get more rows done, will take a pic and post again.  I must admit, this is the first time I’ve crocheted a SWEATER with a STEEL hook (2.25 mm, normally used with crochet thread to make doilies, tablecloths, et al), not normally used with yarn (which is considerably thicker in most cases than “bedspread weight” cotton thread (size 10; for comparison, common sewing thread on the spool is size 60 I believe)

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