No, not the movie. Knitting sixth sense.
I was asked in the comments yesterday:
Why did it come out to 38″ if you knit exactly to gauge on the smallest size? I just got the book recently and I read about the problems with Klaralund. Is all the math messed up? I’m a 32″ and would like to get 33″ without messing around with a smaller gauge because the hana silk looks divine the way it is.
Well, I don’t know if all the math is messed up. The only two patterns I’ve looked at with close scrutiny are Klaralund and Lovlund.
I’m just puzzled how to do the math on those chevrons. Knit gauge square and measure on the diagonal?
The gauge is measured in regular ol’ stockinette stitch. My gauge in stockinette stitch is exactly correct with the Hana Silk on US 8 (5.0mm) needles. (Hana Silk is the yarn called for in the pattern, Andrea.)
Here’s where the sixth sense comes in. I calculated what the finished size would be with the number of stitches in the pattern and regular ol’ stockinette stitch. Approxmately 38″ for the 33″ size.
I thought: Huh? No way. The design is knitted in reverse stockinette stitch with paired increases/decreases to give it the slanty shape. I knew there was no way that would reduce the size from 38″ to 33″. In fact, I didn’t see where it would make much of any difference, for that matter. I mean, sure, the design is slanty, but it’s still the same number of stitches across.
So I cast on for the smallest size and blithely knit away. And yup, my finished sweater is 38″.
Incidentally, there’s a small error (I’m pretty sure — if I did my math right) in the directions for the smallest size right after you cast on for the sleeves. I did email Cornelia to let her know about it, so it will probably show up on her errata page for this book. Don’t ask me about it — I’ve forgotten what it is already.
Looking for her website? Do a Google search on Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton and you’ll find it. That’s how I found it. Google is your friend.
I wore Lovlund to work yesterday with a white linen skirt and it looked very nice, I must say. And a very comfy sweater to wear, too. By the way, it’s not quite as sheer as it appears in its photo. The flash is deceptive.
Hana Silk, how do I love thee? A whole heckuva lot!
Spongebob Stashpants believed in full disclosure, so he’s showing you this:
Ten skeins of Hana Silk in a yummy dark green. Purchased on eBay.
Wendy Haircut-less also believes in full disclosure. The state of my hair, 5:00pm EST, August 9, 2004.
Cat, how much of my hair do I have to be able to put into a ponytail to win the Great Ponytail Challenge of 2004?
What Else Is New?
So I finished another sweater over the weekend. Yay, me. I started the AbFab Throw. Yay, me. But the AbFab Throw is a tad large to be schlepping to and from work, so Liam bravely stepped up.
You remember Liam. Cast aside due to heat and humidity. I left him sitting out on a dresser in my bedroom, and every time I go in there, I can hear him sigh. The guilt! The guilt! So he’s getting some primetime action.
Ingrid, on the other hand, is in a knitting bag in my stash room, so I can’t see her. Poor thing.
But I digress.
Do you ever mark time by an event that’s coming up? See, I have a business trip and will be out of town for a week. That’s in three weeks. I return home the Friday before Labor Day. And on the Wednesday after Labor Day I will begin my Klaralund.
When I finished Lovlund I was sort of casting around for a new project, so decided to start on an AbFab. I thought about starting something else as a commuter project, but resisted the urge. There’s something I want to knit for my Secret Pal, and I’m gonna look for the yarn for it at Knit Happens on Wednesday. Don’t wanna start anything else new before then.
When I finish that, I’ll have to start on something else for commuter knitting, unless I decide poor Liam is worthy of being worked on.
And then I’ve got something planned for my trip knitting — another gift for my Secret Pal.
Of course, all these plans are subject to change. At my whim.
Aren’t you glad I shared all this?
Thanks for all your kind comments. I was feeling much better yesterday. Almost human today, in fact.
And I got another coupla squares done on AbFab.
Lucy pronounces it “snuggly!”