After knitting my gauge swatch on both size 7 and size 9 needles, I found that although the size 7 gave me a much smaller gauge, I preferred the finished look of the knitted fabric over the swatch knit using a size 9 needle. With my gauge swatch out of the way, I set off knitting my first end piece.
I loved how quickly I was able to memorize the pattern and the end was finished in no time.
Once complete, I measured my end piece to find it is only 15 inches wide, much narrower than I would have preferred. I thought that the width of this wrap would be fine until last weekend; when I went out with friends and took my Toasty Woodland Wrap (featured in the Holiday 2011 issue) as a cover-up. I realized that while the Woodland wrap is wonderful in the winter over my coat as an over-sized scarf it is not wide enough to keep me warm on a chilly spring night.
Because I am still concerned that the finished fabric knit on a size 9 will be too loose for my taste, I have decided to split the difference and have again cast on this time using a size 8. Hopefully this end will go as quickly as it did on a size 7 needle.
What about you? Have you finished your first end piece yet?