I’ve had a couple of questions lately about row gauge.
While I’m pretty good about getting stitch gauge all the time, I usually don’t get row gauge — usually I have fewer rows per inch than the pattern specifies. I’m not alone in this, apparently.
So . . . what do you do about it?
Most of the time it’s not a big deal, particularly if you’re only slightly off. If your pattern tells you to knit until you’ve reached “x” number of inches, you do just that, and don’t worry about how many rows you take.
But if there’s shaping involved, you have to take row gauge into consideration. Like on sleeves.
If you are knitting a sleeve from the cuff up, and your pattern directs you to increase 1 stitch at each end of every fifth row until you have “x” number of stitches, and then knit until the sleeve is “x” inches long, and your row gauge is off, you need to take this into consideration and recalculate your increases. If your gauge is fewer rows per inch, you might reach “x” number of inches long before you’ve completed your increases.
In this case, you’ll need to do your increases more frequently, say on every fourth row instead of every fifth row, in order to get all the increases in before you’ve reached your proper sleeve length.
Same principal for a sweater with waist shaping — you need to adjust your decreases and increases so you don’t dramatically change the shape of the sweater because of your different row gauge.
Rebecca Wrap Cardi
I’ve got the left side front done.
And a nice chunk of the right side front as well.
Becky asked about the wrap cardi:
Have you already decided how you’re going to accessorize that number? It’s gonna look HOT!
Clearly, great minds think alike, because I’ve been giving that very matter a lot of thought since I started knitting the cardi. I’ve got two sleeveless black dresses — one short linen one and one mid-calf cotton/wool blend one. I think they’ll both look great with this. And I remembered last night that I’ve got a long skirt that’s a white and pale green print — I need to dig that out and see if the green matches. If so, it’ll look great with the cardi and a white tank.
I did set it aside last night so I could knit on my cashmere scarf. I hauled the scarf out so I could photograph it on its lovely Lantern Moon ebony needles, and then just had to knit on it.
And I finished it this evening.
Speaking of Needles
A couple of questions about my dpn preferences. My favorite dpns for socks are the really short (5 inches I think?) Brittany birch dpns. I’ve got a bunch of Pony Pearls as well, and I used them for socks for quite a while before switching to the Brittany birch needles. I really dislike metal dpns, but for the really small sizes, that’s all you can find.
Socks on two circulars? Tried it. Didn’t like it. I’m a dpn girl.
No, not the thingy you use in your car to deter auto theft. The Debbie Bliss Club! I got my username and password emailed to me this morning, as did other members, so the discussion forum has been buzzing!
And there’s a beautiful “members only” pattern available too.
Wanna join? All the cool kids are, you know. Look here for information!
And just so you’ll know what a horrible typist I am, when I first typed “beautiful” two sentences up, it came out “beuaitufl.” Huh? It’s a wonder any of this is readable.
Lucy would like you to know that she does get up and walk around from time to time. But because she is, after all, a Ragdoll, she feels an obligation to pose in Ragdoll poses for the blog.