I’ve been knitting away on the sweater for my son whenever I get a few moments. For all you moms out there with young children, you know how those free minutes are few and far between, right??
Anyway, I sort of wrapped the work in progress around his torso yesterday evening and I realized that this sweater isn’t going to fit him unless I blocked the life out of it once I’m done. And the chances of it fitting then.. also highly questionable! I went back to my notes and it looked like my calculations to size this design down made sense, but why wasn’t my knitting behaving?
Then I read this part in the pattern that says… “Gauge: 19 stitches and 34 rows = 4inches in Ranger Textured Stitch”. Hah, my gauge swatch that I based my calculations on was done in Stockinette Stitch!
The Ranger Textured Stitch is done using a slip-stitch pattern. That means that the resulting fabric will be denser and also tighter than it’s smooth, flat, loosey-goosey cousin, Stockinette. So, guess what I’m doing right now? About 13 inches through the knitting (gah) I’m swatching again using the right stitch pattern!
Lesson Learned: That fine print, it’s darned important!!