Monday, November 29, 2010

Knitting for Christmas: Can I Finish It By December 25th?

My mom maybe wearing this ribbed vest knit from Patons' Classic Wool Roving on Christmas day.

It was a last minute decision to knit this as a Christmas present. I figured it would be a quick knit. The pattern is easy. There are no sleeves. Knitting using a bulky yarn would be fast work. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans.

I've already ripped it down twice. The gauge was way off with an extra five inches in width. Gauge in the pattern is given for stocking stitch not the rib stitch used in the pattern. My swatch knit in stocking stitch was right on gauge.

What to do? First, I was knitting a size medium. Then, I was knitting a size small. Finally, I'm back to the size medium. Even knitting tighter, the gauge is still off by about one inch.

Over the years I've had to learn to loosen up my knitting. On this project, I have to revert to bad habits. It must be something to do with the roving which otherwise is a delight to knit with.

This thing better fit my mom!

Happy Christmas Knitting!


WonderWhyGal said...

tehehe, I am giving photos of the intended projects for any that I don't finish because...that's how I roll. My family is used to it. I gave my sister her knitted beret two months ago so...she is getting a photo of said hat in an envelope reminding her that her Christmas already came. Yeah, I'm that wonderful.

You can do it...think peaceful thoughts and your gauge will relax.

sara said...

Ugh! Gauge is soooo frustrating!

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