The Fisherman’s Rib sweater I was working on to replace the one that turned out too big is done. Well, the pieces got finished. But I could see, despite changing patterns and sizes, that it was still going to be a bit large. I quickly basted the front to the back and tried it on. Over a long sleeved top. I looked like a Blueberry. You know, the one on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that falls in the chocolate river and gets swept away. It was at least 5 inches too big ONE EACH SIDE.
After a minute of stunned silence (probably like the one experienced by our illustrious VP in Europe this week) I sat down to remove the basting and do what I should have done with my first blue sweater; I made a swatch in the next size smaller needle. Still too big. So now I’m down to a size 5 needle and the swatch comes out perfect. Face Palm.
You know, I refuse to allow this sweater get the better of me. I immediately bagan knitting the same sweater right from the large one. I swear I followed the directions. I have never had this issue, but to be fair, I knit a lot of children’s clothing, and they grow into things. The pattern gave a needle range of 6-8. Who’s ever heard of that? After an entire day I’ve knit maybe 5″. This was the reason I wanted to use worsted weight and size 7 needles in the first place. But at the rate I’m going I still could have finished the sweater and got it back from the dry cleaners.
So I keep whipping out my measuring tape, just to be sure I’m on the right track. And to be honest, the stitches are even and less sloppy looking in this smaller needle size. But I keep shaking my head that I’ve lost 6 weeks knitting stuff just to learn a hard lesson. I will never make another adult sweater without swatching.