|Look at it!|
And lookit! I already made a gauge swatch! I'm a slow, beginner knitter so this took me hours, no joke! I'm hoping I speed up a little bit by the end of this cardigan :)
But before I get into that, have you been following Gail's posts? She has been going over so many helpful things, I've already learned a lot :) And umm, guys, she also made us a spreadsheet!! How nice is that?
Here are a few of the things I've learned so far:
-That twisty shape I received my yarn in is called a hank! You have to wind it into balls yourself before you can knit from it! You can see I already did two, it was actually quite fun :)
-This pattern is knit on circular needles, but it's not knit in the round- you just use the circulars because it makes it easier to hold!
-Gail rules at explaining things and is super helpful!
Now, since I'm going to be hand-washing my finished cardigan, apparently I need to block the swatch! (Blocking is when you wet it and let it dry to shape it..or something!) Eep! I still need to learn what to do here! I'm hoping this won't change the size of the swatch much though, since I couldn't resist and already did some maths based off Gail's extremely helpful post. :)
And based on my maths, I might have to alter the pattern less than I thought :)
|Knit on size US size 8 needles (5mm)|
And this is why I don't want my swatch to grow if I block it: The maths I did seems to indicate I could make the smallest size and have the bust measurement turn out almost perfect! That would be nice!
Here's my maths if you're interested:
-16 stitches divided by 3.5 inches: 4.57 stitches per inch.
-I need a finished chest measurement of 29" (that's my bust of 31" minus 2" for negative ease)
-So 4.57 times 29 equals 133. I need 133 stitches across the bust.
-Lookit! The smallest size on the pattern has 135 stitches- pretty close! yay :)
So I'm thinking maybe just take out 2 stitches. Of course I will be getting plenty advice from the pro on this! But... this only works if my swatch doesn't go all weird from being blocked. Boo blocking.
How is everyone else doing? And if you want to join, check out this post for all the info you need!