I am currently knitting ‘Smocked lace scarf’ by Veronik Avery (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smocked-lace-scarf). The pattern recommends using Fiddlesticks Knitting exquisite (50% merino wool, 50% mulberry silk, 547 yards/50 grams), however this yarn which looks fabulous is not available in the UK and not online with UK shipping either, so I had to adapt.
I am usually ok at doing so but this one has been more problematic. I chose Artesano Alpaca 4 ply (408.0 yards (373.1m) 100% superfine alpaca), a lovely yarn and have knited a lace shawl with it before with great results. The recommended knitting needle is US2 (2.75mm), I changed to 3mm.
The gauge say 36sts and 39rows =4’’ (10cm).
When I knitted my sample swatch for the gauge it seemed fine, but I am now not so convinced and wonder if I should be using a bigger kneedle like 3.75 to make it lighter and so that the pattern is clearer.
I was wondering what you thought?
Thank you all for your help.