The Fine Print

I’ve been knitting away on the sweater for my son whenever I get  a few moments.  For all you moms out there with young children, you know how those free minutes are few and far between, right??

Anyway, I sort of wrapped the work in progress around his torso yesterday evening and I realized that this sweater isn’t going to fit him unless I blocked the life out of it once I’m done.  And the chances of it fitting then.. also highly questionable!  I went back to my notes and it looked like my calculations to size this design down made sense, but why wasn’t my knitting behaving?

Then I read this part in the pattern that says… “Gauge: 19 stitches and 34 rows = 4inches in Ranger Textured Stitch”.  Hah, my gauge swatch that I based my calculations on was done in Stockinette Stitch!

The Ranger Textured Stitch is done using a slip-stitch pattern.  That means that the resulting fabric will be denser and also tighter than it’s smooth, flat, loosey-goosey cousin, Stockinette.  So, guess what I’m doing right now?  About 13 inches through the knitting (gah) I’m swatching again using the right stitch pattern!

Lesson Learned: That fine print, it’s darned important!!

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12 Responses to The Fine Print

  1. Tanis says:

    Oh no! Don’t give up, it’ll be so worth it in the end. That colour is to die for!

  2. Oooh, I hate having to rip stuff out. Hope you get it figured out, it’s looking nice as it is 🙂

  3. Kelly says:

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!! Show that knitting who’s boss!!

  4. lindsay says:

    that’s totally something i would do! and probably repeat 3 or 4 times before i REALLY learned!

    the color is beautiful!

  5. Jocelyn says:

    ARGH! Bummer. Good thing you tried it on him before you reached the armhole!
    Rip rip rip…working on anything else besides this?

  6. Josie says:

    Aaaw man! That is a bummer! I hate it when we have to learn the lessons the hard way and I’m not a big fan of swatching and I’ve been lucky so far.

  7. Julie says:

    ooh, that’s a shame!! I hate it when that happens. But if it’s any comfort, it happens to all of us!

  8. affiknity says:

    Knitting always has a trick up its sleeve, isn’t it? Just when we think we have mastered this art, we are humbled again. Give the sweater a time out so that it behaves next time 🙂

  9. Alice says:

    Breathe deeply….I’ve misread and omitted so many things in Can’t take it too seriously..get back at it 🙂

  10. nsangheetha says:

    Cheer Up 🙂 I have a year old daughter.And I started a crocheted sweater as per pattern and also checked the foundation chain for her size. But as I proceeded it became small and yesterday only I ripped and wound the yarn back. Those 8-9 rows took a week for me working on those small bits of time.
    Cheer Up 🙂 I’m saying myself.

  11. essknits says:

    I totally know what you are saying about the few spare minutes. And they seem to get even fewer by the day. 🙂
    Well, I don’t know how many times I have had the swatch issues myself. Thankfully most of the times I can just calculate the new numbers based on what’s on the needles and do a few adjustments. However, there have been N number of times where I have frogged and restarted from scratch as well.
    Hope you are doing well. TC

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