I think I am never meant to knit a sweater.
Sweater #1 – Too small, didn’t like the pattern/yarn combination. Will be frogging the HALF of a sweater that I knit in the near future.
Sweater #2 – I’m allergic to the yarn, at least before blocking. Since I know it is just the dye, I am still working on schmoozing Mike into knitting this one for me. It is all garter stitch, so good for when he is on conference calls.
Sweater #3 – Started tonight. Did a gauge swatch, right on at 20 stitches over 4 inches, or 5 stitches per inch. Yeah! Cast on and started the back. Knit close to 5 inches of the sweater. Decided it looked rather wide, so I realized I should check my gauge. I am now getting 4.5 stitches per inch, and it is about 2.5 inches wider than it should be. GAH!
The good news is that the pattern is pretty basic with minimal shaping. Matter of fact, the back is a big rectangle. So I’m going to cast on for the smaller size to get the width that I want. From the math I did earlier, that should work out, right? It was supposed to be 5 stitches per inch, cast on 120 stitches, get a piece of fabric 24 inches wide. If I cast on 110 stitches at 4.5 stitches per inch, I should get a piece of fabric close to 24 inches wide, right?
There is hope, right? I don’t have to give up yet, do I? (Of course, after Wednesday, my shot at the whole NaKniSweMo thing will most likely be over. But I at least want to try!)