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!