Sunday, February 14, 2010

Problems of Olympic Proportions

I'm knitting the Tangled Yoke Cardigan out of Rowan Felted Tweed for my Ravelympics/ Knitting Olympics project.

I knit this project originally in 2008 on size 4 needles with the same yarn (red instead of the nifty green I'm working on currently). All of my project notes tell me that I knit this project with size 4 needles. That makes sense since I tend to knit rather loosely. Maybe I'm more stressed, but when I measured the project after row 29 when I was supposed to have 6 3/4" Instead, I have 5 1/4". I'm using the same needles. So here's the gauge comparison:

The pattern says: 24sts & 36 rows = 4" square.
My project says: 28 sts & 33 rows

This makes me think that I'm knitting entirely too tightly. I am kinda stressed, so maybe that's where this is coming from. I have a set of size 6 needles with me, so I'm thinking of (sigh) casting on again and going at it with the size 6 needles instead. But I'm wondering if I should step up to a size 5 first. I don't know, what do you folks think?

I was doing so well too, so I'm terribly bummed. :(


Beth Renner said...

So you're off in row and stitch gauge? I thought for a second that you might have instead been tripped up by the decrease instructions of the ribbing ( which definitely gave me some issues when I did it. But now that I reread your issue, it sounds different. Maybe just swatch w/ another ball of yarn and your size 6s to see what the gauge is.

Passionknitly said...

Yeah, I reemembered the wonky wording for the decreases. It just seems like I'm not getting row gauge. I re-checked the stitch gauge and I seem to be ok.

I swatched with the 6s last night (I went to bed at like 3am), and they were too big. :(

I think I'm going to swatch with the 4s again to make sure it's just the row gauge that I'm off by.

There are no yarn stores in SI open on Sundays (!!??), so if I need the 5s, Stan needs to take me home to BK for me to pick them up.