Measure Twice

You know that woodworking rule of thumb? Measure twice, cut once? Knitting rarely involves significant cutting because yarn is easy to graft back together, but I think I need to start paying more attention to the measure twice part when it comes to pattern writing.

Day 01

I finished the hip shaping and started the ribbing on my sweater, but I decided to try things on and see how things were going. And how were things going? Things were short. I laid my sweater flat and it was a few inches short, more than it should have been if I had finished the ribbing. I measured my sweater gauge to see if I had skipped some rows or if the gauge was the problem. It was the gauge. I crossed my fingers that my yarn grew when I washed it so I measured my swatch again. It matched my sweater. I measured a larger section of my gauge. It still matched my sweater. It turns out that I calculated and knit the whole thing with the wrong vertical gauge. I measured wrong in the beginning (probably across color work rows where my gauge gets weird) and I didn’t bother measuring a second time. It looks like there will be some frogging in my future.






13 responses to “Measure Twice”

  1. Oh, the misery!

  2. Jacki

    400 Yards. I had to unravel 400 yards today. I don’t even have the heart to begin again, it can wait for tomorrow.

  3. Oh, I’m sorry! It really is a lovely color though.

  4. Oh no! The travesty!

  5. I’ll trade you a few inches. My sweater is a little long.

  6. That’s a blow. All I can say is that it’s better to have found it now than later.

  7. Oh no, frogging’s heartbreaking, but just think about how great it will look afterwards!

  8. *hugs* you poor thing! Wiah I was as talented as you though, I am a pattern follower, not creator! It’ll be wirth it in the end with thta beautiful curl pattern thought! Good luck!

  9. Oh no! ((((hugs)))) It’s looking good, as well. I suppose it’s better to find the mistake just now, than finish it and find it later. Good job you checked it.

  10. Oh no!! I’m so sorry, that totally sucks 🙁

  11. I love the color! Is that Quince?

    1. Yup! The blue is called glacier and the red is peaks ferry.

  12. Ugh. So frustrating! I’m sorry, Andi, but I know it will be worth your trouble! And the Quince yarn looks divine to knit with!

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