|Swatch and new-to-me book.|
On Ravelry you can find the Short Jacket under the name Stumpejakke from its previous release in Danish when it was in Strik a la Carte I. As you can see, the pattern looks really very easy. I believe there is only a minimum amount of shaping, and I love the play of what appears to be simple ribbing contrasted by the simple garter stitch of the shawl-ish collar and sleeves. When I checked the gauge though, I found this:
Average of 20 sts and 44 rows = 4" x 4" on US 4 in combination of brioche st and garter st.
Intriguing, I thought. Brioche, and an unusual swatch! Earlier this summer I saw my boss working on a Marianne Isager pattern from the Classic Knits collection (and I promptly queued a t-shirt from there as well, because you know.... C H E V R O N S) and her gauge swatch was the weirdest thing I had seen because it was actually shaped. Not a 4 x 4 inch (or larger) square, but a funny pointy thing that actually resembled the pattern. And sure enough, the Stumpejakke has actual directions for how to make a gauge swatch for this project.
I picked up the little remnant ball of Mountain Meadows Cody I had leftover from my Rustic Oak Grove Mitts and cast on. Later that evening I was done. Half the swatch was in garter, half the swatch was in brioche, and wouldn't you know, I got gauge on US 4s. The results can be seen above. There was one problem, however.
Since starting my yarn diet at the beginning of November, I can honestly say the only regret I have faced so far is that I don't have a sweater's worth of Mountain Meadows Cody in my stash.