24 June 2008 @ 02:34 am
Knitting accomplished!  
Good news, folks. I swatched for Bella Pacquita tonight and I hit gauge exactly . . . with my unwashed swatch. Damn it!

Unwashed, I'm getting 18 sts/4 inches and 26 rows/4 inches. Washed, I'm getting 15 sts/4 inches and 26 rows/4 inches. I need to do the math to figure out if I can just knit a size down and get it to work out. Unfortunately, instead of being written out, the pattern is written entirely in charts. I really like written instructions for stuff in stockinette, because I can just scrawl down the directions I need on a Post-It and I don't have to lug around a print out. I'm saving the rainforest, one knitting pattern at a time!

Also, I don't have access to a computer lab with free!free!free! printing (that I'm paying probably several thousand dollars for each year in tuition), and my printer is out of ink.

Stupid gauge! I don't want to go down a needle size because I think that will make the fabric too dense, and since this is intended as a summer sweater (cotton with lycra), it needs to breath a little. Maybe I'll trawl through Ravelry and see what I can turn up for the gauge I'm getting.

ETA: It looks like I'll be able to knit the next size down and still get something that will fit. The bust on the XL is 37.78 inches (170 stitches) at its widest point at the recommended gauge, while the bust on the L is 32.45 inches and 146 stitches. At my gauge, that becomes 45.3 inches on the XL and 38.94 inches on the L. That's a little big on top for the L, but if I use the M size for the back, then it should work out, since my girth is all up front.
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[identity profile] quincy134.livejournal.com on June 24th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
I hate it when gauge is soo close, yet not close enough. And when the row matches but the stitch gauge is off.

When I was making my Nantucket Jacket, I got great gauge pre-washed, but my swatch expanded like no tomorrow once washed. I had to do some creative blocking to get that sorted out.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on June 24th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'd rather the stitch gauge match for something like a sweater, because I can always juggle decreases and increases to keep the silhouette when it comes to row gauge.

When I blocked my Thermal, the sleeves lengthened like crazy. They were three or four inches past my fingers, and my swatch hadn't done anything like that. I think it was probably the weight of the water combined with the silk content of the yarn. So I tossed it in the dryer on delicate. Fixed it right up.