January 11, 2005

I hate numbers

So, I had two repeats of the pattern done on the grey sweater, and it was starting to pick up speed as I became familiar with the pattern and no longer had to consult the book; so I showed it to Mark, just to confirm that he liked the stitch. He did — but he also mentioned that the piece seemed remarkably wide…

So I measured it. And it was more than 2.5” too wide. Which would have resulted in a sweater more than 5” too big. Not only had I mismeasured the gauge, apparently (it seems to be working out to 4.5 sts/”, not the 4.75 spi of the swatch), but I’d also allowed the sweater design programme to adjust the number of stitches in order to accomodate the length of the pattern repeat. I hadn’t properly processed the fact that this would, of course, affect the finished size — quite alot, since it added 7 sts to each piece. Plus, of course, the gauge was off. Argh!

I pulled it out, of course. I guess I should be glad we caught it pretty early on, so I don’t have much to reknit. And the re-do on the math resulted in fewer stitches to cast on, so it should go a little quicker this time. Still, it’s always frustrating to have to go back to square one.

Still no colourful knitting to report. If I can just finish those brown socks I might get something started…

Posted by Aven at January 11, 2005 05:23 PM

Gauge is the work of the devil.

Posted by: Stephanie at January 11, 2005 11:57 PM