Swatching Sanquhar all week

Sanquhar is best done with the finest yarn and finer needles

What a week.  I imagined that some gorgeous raspberry Wensleydale longwool  might make a lovely pair of Sanquhar style gloves.  I tried different needles, tried experimenting with different sizes of squares but just could not get the right look.

Experimenting with different sized squares

The wool, although lovely, was really too hairy and a bit too thick to achieve the crisp geometric shapes.  So the Wensleydale longwool has been put away and the alpaca has come out and immediately it looks and feels right.

Grey and winter white alpaca

The alpaca is a little softer than the J & S Shetland but not as soft as the Wensleydale I am so desperate to use. It appears to have the same good stitch definition as the Shetland. Two rows of plaited edging have been tried on this pair to prevent edge rolling.  One row on a previous pair was not quite enough.


About clicknknit

I enjoy knitting small intricate pieces with an interest in promoting wearing our art on craft on our hands. Gloves and mitts are the new socks!
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