Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday


Note: I am absolutely determined that this (w)rapped pullover will fit me perfectly. I will take all the necessary steps - measure, swatch, measure, rip out as required, remeasure, reknit - until it's perfect. I promise, cross my heart.

Step 1 is to swatch. The pattern indicates that my gauge should be 24sts/30 rows in 2x3 rib and Banded Rib Stitch across 4 inches. So last night I dutifully cast on 50 sts, worked a few inches in 2x3 rib and then another couple of inches in banded rib.

Well. The fact that my swatch is wedge shaped shows clearly that my gauge for 3x2 rib is not the same as for banded rib. Not surprising really, considering that 3x2 rib scrunches in a lot more than banded rib. Obviously combining both stitch patterns in a single swatch was a mistake. So what to measure? I've decided that the gauge of the banded rib is most important to this pattern, and when I measure that, my gauge is about 30 sts/30 rows, but I'm guessing because the banded rib is being distorted by the 3x2 rib below it.

What to do? The only thing I can do; I'm going to rip out and reknit this swatch in banded rib only. It's too early in this process to be uncertain about gauge; the risk of that coming back to bite me is just too huge. And I think I mentioned that I am absolutely determined that this pullover will fit me perfectly.  But first I'm going to knit on my Tardis socks - they're behaving nicely and fitting perfectly with no drama - while I try to convince myself that knitting a pullover for myself is a good idea.

As always, check the links at Tami's Amis to see what other crafters are working on. Chances are someone out there is getting gauge!

21 comments:

knitreadclick said...

Yay for swatching! It's not much fun, but then the fit will be so much better. Sorry I can't help out, I've barely knit any garments...

Dee said...

The swatch sure is pretty!

Pumpkin said...

It's a shame that your gauge isn't working out correctly, especially with such pretty yarn! Maybe this is a sign that you and this pattern just aren't meant to be friends?

SusiSunshine said...

Ohhh this sweater looks awesome. And woot you swatched. I usually try to avoid that so I don't knit stuff that needs swatching. I started a cardi and did one. So far it seems to be good but well I'm not done yet so we will see. And that pattern is really pretty.

pattepoilue said...

I really like the pattern. I can't wait to see how you progress on this project =)

Much like Susi I never swatch *hides*. But it's come back to bite me more than once. I guess it's my 2012 good resolution: to swatch!

Andria said...

Swatching sucks, but it is so worth it. Ok, ok, I saw that having never ever done a proper one. However, if I wanted something to fit me perfectly--then I would for sure! It does look pretty.

geeky Heather said...

OK, I am going to say something crazy. Don't hit me. What about washing and blocking that swatch?? Maybe that would make things clearer....

hannahw said...

Very pretty yarn! Hope it all works out well, in the end.. with minimal drama.

Truly Myrtle said...

The sweater is a great pattern and I love your yarn colour - At least you get to knit with it over and over again :) Good luck - it will be worth the effort!

Kepanie said...

Good luck! What a great pattern.

Carolina22 said...

I love the pattern! And I hate it when I can't get the gauge sorted out.... good luck!!

Faith (the Vampire Slayer) said...

Nice looking swatch even if it is misbehaving. And Tardis socks!! (sorry, they make me squeal every time)

MWitch3 said...

you are so brave to swatch and measure and do all the proper things to make sure your garment fits! I admire your determination!

Liz said...

I hope the second swatch goes better! I love the yarn you're working with. I hate swatching - I always knit tighter than it says. :)

Kathleen said...

It can be hard to Solemnly Vow to do a project Perfectly, and I totally admire your resolve. I think the pullover will be worth it, because the colour and texture of the swatch are amazing. I hope it cooperates with you as you go on!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

It's a pretty pattern - hope you get it all figured out

heather said...

Oh no, you're ripping out too huh? Although better to swatch for sure. Even so...I wish clothing was easier, but I like doing it for myself or my kids where I can test it out more than as gifts where I'm sure they won't fit! :-(

omlair said...

thats why i think i will never be a serious knitter. so so fiddly!! good luck !

Frieda said...

That is a super pattern , so versatile ! You can wear it with or without a blouse . Just the thought of all that ribbing would do me in . Nice yarn and color too . Good luck with the next swatch .

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

Your plan for re-swatching makes sense, especially considering your goal!

Caffeine Girl said...

This is why I'm afraid of sweaters!