Figure It Out Friday

Gauge is math. All math. When I began my current WIP (work in progress), my stitch gauge created a few problems. I typically knit a bit tighter; therefore, having more stitches per inch than what the pattern requires (aka a smaller gauge). In order to come closer to the pattern's number of stitches per inch, I often first change my needle size. And so, I went up to the next larger needle size. It worked, but I'm not always lucky first time around! Here are some other things to try when needing to change your stitch gauge:

  1. Change needle size: For more stitches per inch go smaller. For less stitches per inch go bigger!
  2. Change needle type: Some find the material of their needles makes a difference in gauge. You can find needles made of all different materials. Experimenting with different needles may reveal your gauge differs slightly (enough to change your gauge) without changing the needle size!
  3. Change yarn weight: This is not my preference as I typically knit a project with a specific yarn in mind. But if you're working a project and yarn is not the priority, try experimenting with a heavier or lighter yarn when fussing with gauge. Heavier weight yarn will give you less stitches per inch. Lighter weight yarn will give you more stitches per inch.

But what about ROW gauge?!?!? My stitch gauge was spot on but my row gauge was not! I have yet to figure out how exactly I can manipulate just my row gauge without effecting my stitch gauge, and do it in such a way that is consistent from roe to row. I don't think it's possible! I have typically never worried about row gauge as most of my patterns have me knit a specific number of inches rather than a specific number of rows. Not this time! This WIP is a tunic tank top and the body decrease was a specific number of rounds 😦 and so here comes the math…

Now 5 rows might seem like nothing, but had I not altered the pattern slightly, those extra 5 rows would've added nearly an inch to the tunic.So, next time you think a row here or there doesn't matter, think again! Your tunic just might end up a dress 😉

Longer…

“longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean…” – Longer by Dan Fogelberg

Yes, it has happened with skirt #2 as well.  Arrrrrgggggg! And so, I share my mistake in hopes that nobody reads this and says, “I did that too!”

I am currently pulling out the beautiful lace I began on Ellie’s skirt days ago due to my gut’s persistent scream of “LONGER!”  The exact same thing happened at nearly the exact same spot with Cecelia’s skirt. One might think I’d learn second time around; however, I found myself wrestling with the same question,”is this going to be long enough?”

Moral of the story: if you happen to knit this fabulous skirt, I suggest a longer body before beginning the lace.  My gauge is spot on (pat myself on the back), but because the lace is nearly 4 inches, I would rather the skirt actually cover those cute little buns. I found that adding a good half inch more was perfect. So, for size 4T, I knit until body (not including the waistband) measured just over 7 inches before going on.

Looking forward to starting MY skirt next. Third time WILL be a charm.

I’m Almost There…

“Trials and tribulations, I’ve had my share. There ain’t nothin’ gonna stop me now ‘cuz I’m almost there!” – I’m Almost There from Princess and The Frog

This is a fabulous skirt. Quite easy, actually, once you’ve figured out the waistband and finaggled the intricacy of a 90-degree knit lace bottom. Kudos to the designer, Monika Sirna, for such an enjoyable knit. The majority of the piece is knit in stockinette stitch, which is a “take me anywhere and knit me” kinda project (and don’t we all love that?). The lace is knit at a 90-degree angle to the bottom and knit around the skirt’s circumference, attaching as you go! Genius, really.

Here’s an almost finished product. Only thing left is to close up the waistband and block. I’m really almost there!

This only means one thing…

ON TO THE NEXT!