I’m fairly new to knitting — I don’t hide this fact. So there’s a lot of cardinal rules that I’ve not picked up on yet. I found out one this week at Stitch ‘n Bitch — gauge ties to thickness of the yarn -and- the needles size. So when a pattern calls for x stitches over y inches, it’s something that should be (mainly) readily determined by both the size of the needles, and the play of the wool. So when I was muttering about gauging for this piece I’m working on and how the needles that matched the wool I had were much bigger than suggested, a friend set me straight.
To be fair, the book didn’t give me anything useful, no ply, not even a brand — it merely mentioned nylon microfiber. Which um… not really enough to go on, mate! So by my calculations, the piece I’m working on is going to come out about 60% of the actual size, or a chest circumference of 17 inches. I wanted to make this for Lilbit, who has a 20-21 inch chest… 17 is a bit too teensy. But the 28 inches that it’s supposed to come out to sounds huge too! Still, now that I had better information, I hit up my usual pit-stop for yarn in town, and managed to find a good deal on both some aran (worsted) and chunky (bulky). I filled in gaps in my needle collection with cheap plastics and metals, which I will eventually replace with proper wooden Knitpro Symphonies (Knitpicks in the States). If this pattern comes out nicely, I’m going to repeat it in the proper wool so that Lilbit can have a nice new cardigan.
Really though, either stockinette stitch is significantly more forgiving than garter stitch, or I’ve improved quite a bit already from the cardigan I was working on last week. I still need to finish sewing it together, and then laughing at all the horrible holes in it. *chuckles* I guess, all in all, I’m having fun and developing a skill, so it’s all to the good.
Now, I might not be around here for the next week — if I’m not, don’t worry. I’m fine. I’m just likely to be rather busy, and I’ll catch everyone up on that later.
Hope everyone is doing well!