I’m working on spinning for a new sweater for the husbeast. In talking with the Spinner Central Group over at Ravelry, I promised to do a few extra swatches and photos showing the differences and why you need to really think about what will work best so you’re happy with the final garment. Wanna see?
There is a single, a 2 ply, and a 3 ply. Can you tell which is which?
Notice how the cables on the singles are sort of mushy and fade in?
Can you imagine a garment where these would be the best cables?
The subtle purl diamond and the 4 stitch cable are obviously not the best. If you are doing this then you want to use a big cable. A large cable that may be more open like a large diamond would show up better. Cables with intricacy will tend to be mushy.
Here’s the 2 ply.
The cables show up better for sure but they could be better. Actually the purl diamond is where this one fails for me. The 4 stitch cable looks fine in the 2 ply. I wouldn’t want to use this yarn for a something like a gansey that would have a lot of purl details.
This is where I stopped but there are 4 ply and cable yarns that can take the pop up another level. Do you notice anything different in the 3 yarns. Singles are fluffier and mushy round, the 2 ply is sort of flat, and the 3 ply is a nice stable round.
My posting this wasn’t to tell you what yarn you had to make, but to show you the difference and why it helps to sample. It’s all about being happy with your final project. So if you’re ready to jump into making the yarn for your first sweater or if you want to do another one and you’re thinking Arans and Cables, think, sample, swatch….You’ll be happier in the long run.
Oh, I almost forgot. Keep your swatches with notes. Make a new tote box or something to keep these in. The next time you do a bunch of yarn, you might find them to be valuable and you’ll have less work later on.