Sunday, February 17, 2008

Gauge is for worryworts!

Gauge is for worryworts!, originally uploaded by jen.fotos.

Day two of Arwen. The cables are still gorgeous. They look like that on the other side, too!

The main concern is of course the gauge. The pattern calls for 18 sts and 26 rows = 4". My swatch ended up being 18 sts and 24 rows = 4". The last time I tried to do a sweater, I had similar results and therefore went up a needle size, which brought me to long sweater (is looooooong). I turned to the Knitting Answer Book. It said:

"If you have the right number of stitches per inch, but fewer rows than you are supposed to, it means that your stitches are too tall. This can happen if your stitches are a little too loose." And, "If you can't match both, then matching the correct number of stitches per inch is more important, because you can adjust for a row gauge that's not quite right by simply working the length indicated by the pattern."

Right, I can totally do that.

Except while knitting away, I thought well, self, I do tend to knit pretty loose. Maybe tightening up a bit will help? And so once I got past the hem, that's what I did. And now, my gauge is at 19 sts and 26 rows = 4".

WHATEVER. I'm just knitting a frakking sweater here. It will either fit or it won't. It's now long enough that I can hold it up to myself and guess, yes it should fit.


amber said...

You washed the swatch, right?

PS The cable bits are going to pull in a little and look slightly smaller than the rest of it. It should come out in wash/block. It's only the slightest amount of pulling.

jen said...

Noooo! It's superwash though, that helps right?