You know how so many knitting instructions tell you to check your gage? Well, sometimes you should listen to them and make that swatch! Specially if you are working with the yarn you have not worked before. Having said this I will freely admit that I rarely make a swatch. Simply because I am usually confident in my abilities to fit the garment I am making to the recipient.
And I am usually lucky.
Not this time.
You know the feeling you get when you serenely crocheting or knitting along and all of the sudden you realize that there is something very wrong with it. First (for me)comes denial. I keep telling myself that it just can not possibly be true. All is well. But the doubts take root and keep growing. At some point I reassess the poor garment and there it is – the glaring flaw making faces at me.
As I knit the The Megillah Sweater Version 1, I got a feeling that it was too wide. But I kept telling myself that all is well. I have knit sweaters with worsted weight wool on this needles before, and it is even the number recommended for this yarn. And I was so much enjoying it… And I was on the very tight deadline… By Thursday night I got the sweater to the point where I divided the sleeves from the body, moved all the stitches to the waist yarn and tried it on the DD #1, who is a bit larger than the intended recipient. It was huge! Humongous! As is no way! I was not a happy knitter and might have said so out loud. DH asked me not to rip out what I knit, because it fits me perfectly. Yes, it is that large!
So, Thursday night I started knitting this sweater again. Same yarn, Same needles, I just Cast On 60 stitches instead of 80. Last morning I was again at the point where I have divided the sweater and put the arms and torso on waste yarn. Now it fits perfectly. The only problem was that DD was hinting heavily about making sweaters for my own kids, meaning her, before agreeing to knit for strangers. Ha! She can knit her own, if she would just stop her teenage angst and listen to her Mom for a bit!
I am now just about done with the body, today – I will just have the sleeves left!