Sometime last week after the antibiotics had started to kick in I really wanted a new project on the needles. Something quick, easy and for me. I got the Thermis pattern a while back, as well as some lovely Malabrigo yarn in a swap, and had just been waiting until after the Christmas knitting to make it. Just before I cast on I sent an email off to Sarah and mentioned what I was starting. Less than a minute later I got a reply: “So wierd. I just cast on that same pattern about 5 minutes ago.” Et voila, instant Thermis KAL for two. So, of course once we finished we compared our results. Now for all of you who don’t believe in gauge swatches, or think that gauge is important, take a look:.
Note the size difference. (the left sides of the two cowls are evenly aligned.)We both cast on using yarns that are labelled “Worsted weight”. We both used 4mm needles. Sarah (the purple cowl) cast on for the large size, I cast on 12 fewer stitches for the smaller size. My cowl (blue) is almost 1 inch wider than hers. It’s only a cowl, so it doesn’t really matter, but think of how this could impact if you were making something like a sweater that should actually fit. I knit loosely, and used a yarn that is considerably different from the Paton’s Classic Wool that the pattern originally calls for.
Can you tell? Mine (blue) is Malabrigo worsted, a very soft, squishy and barely spun yarn. Sarah used Madeline Tosh worsted – also a nice soft yarn, but with a lot more twist and less air than the Malabrigo. Of the two, it is most like the original Paton’s. And, as it happens neither of us got the correct gauge as called for in the pattern. I never bothered to check, and I don’t assume Sarah did either. We are slackers, at least when making things like cowls.