Every day’s a school day

I really enjoy how your knitting, and especially your knitting mistakes, can always teach you something. For example, on my Kidsilk Aura cardigan, I learned that there is an optimum depth for a cross-over! On my grey cardigan with the pearl buttons, I learned how to make those short rows on the shoulders totally invisible (after the fact, unfortunately). On my latest project, I have learned that you can never take gauge too seriously.

It’s navy, it’s big… it’s gotta be… a jumper for my dad!

I knit my swatch, measured 5 stitches to the inch, cast on and off I went. Too big. Started again. Still too big (when I say too big, I mean, four inches too big). Recalculated. Restarted. Still too big (three inches). Recalculated. Restarted. Still too big (two inches). Howled in frustration. Tentative query from Alb. Emotional explanation of swatch versus actual knitting. Logical engineer-like suggestion that swatch (“sample area”) was too small and therefore “margin of error” was too great. Calmed by logic. Reassured that sanity is still intact, if a little inattentive. Returned to swatch. Remeasured over carefully pinned out area. 4.5 stitches to the inch. Cast on 25 stitches less and finished the back to the underarm last night. Collapsed in heap of relief.

I came to a conclusion on the pink’n’white – it involves some graphing out to get the colourwork to fit into my short rows right so I am going to leave it until this evening. Although that means purling for the shortrows, I think it will be worth it. It will all make sense when you see it!!

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