Ugh. I hate it when I can’t get a correct swatch for the gauge of a pattern. I know I usually have to go down at least two sizes from what’s suggested. Here’s my tale of woe.
I wanted to knit a raglan sweater. I found a pattern on Ravelry that seemed nice, and I bought it. I bought some lovely Bernat Super Value Worsted Yarn, and merrily went home to start.
The gauge for the sweater was “20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with larger needle,” which meant a size US 7 in this pattern, so I automatically went down to a US 5. No luck. Next, I went down to US 4. Nope. US 3? Not close, either. I tried a US 2, measured at 14 rows, and the gauge was still way big. I ripped that one out.
Even when reading this pattern, I thought the gauge seemed tight…really tight. I inquired of this to the pattern designer who said I was reading the gauge wrong. I cast on 20 stitches and knit 28 rows for each swatch. Did I do that incorrectly?
Anyway, I tossed those swatches across the couch where I knit and grabbed my copy of “Knitting for Dummies.” I knew there was a raglan sweater payment in there. I read it. Hey, you don’t even need to knit a gauge swatch for that one! You just knit to your measurements! I can do that!
Here’s my progress, which I started on Saturday, below.
I think I’m doing pretty well, and I have my measurements pretty close. So, far, so good!
The only thing about the “Knitting for Dummies” pattern is that is uses yarnovers for increases. I decided to use M1’s, instead. I still got those lovely raglan increases.
I’d be interested in hearing what you think about my gauge controversy. Thoughts?