Friday, November 25, 2005

The Gauge Report

Today I spent some quality time swatching - yet again. I followed Julia's advice and tried one more time to get the correct gauge prior to re-gauging the whole pattern. I had previously tried 13s and 15s, but finally resorted to 17s today. Fortunately, using 17s I am finally able to get a reasonable gauge for the Bulky Cabled Cardigan. I need to be at 13 rows per 4 inches and I was able to get 14 and my stitch gauge is correct at 10/4 inches. I used the hanging swatch measuring method that Nonnahs told me about from Knitty Gritty and it seems to do the trick for this yarn. My thought is that at this point, I am probably close enough to go forward without having to resort to major overhauls. Julia, does this sound reasonable to you? If so, I will proceed and just keep an eye on my length as I proceed. If it looks like I'm going to be too far off, I can alway rip it back and re-gauge.

Well, that's all for now. I hope everyone had a nice Friday (hopefully off).

2 comments:

Julia said...
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Disentangled said...

This is what Julia said: "Sounds good to me! This yarn doesn't have a ton of drape since it's a 100% wool, so it will not grow in length as you knit the way a cotton or a blend might. You must be one tight little knitter! Although it may sound strange to go that far up in needle size, it's not unusual for knitters to vary in guage by anywhere from 1-3 needle sizes (like us!), and the yarn ball band recommends a US 15, so a US 17 isn't outside the realm of possibility as long as the fabric looks good to you. By the way, if you ever have a knitting question, you can e-mail me at ..., though as you can tell, I've taken an interest in your knitting since we started those socks, so I do subscribe to your blog! Let me know how it goes. I'm finishing the Lace Leaf this morning, and it looks great. I think you're going to love this yarn once the guage-battle is over! xox,"

Minus the email address - boo, people.