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Old 06-12-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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please help! frustrated my sweater is not fitting...
hi. i'm frustrated.
i've knit 1 sweater (wicked) and it was huge when i got gage and measured and everything.
now i'm working on my razor cami tank, i got gage, i measured and everything. i tried it on, and it's going to be too small!
i'm SO frustrated! i want these sweaters to fit. i should be able to make them fit. i think i understand getting gage and following a pattern, but i'll be darned if i can't get a single thing to fit right!

so, can you please explain to me how you get your sweaters to fit? what exactly you do?
i'm tearing out the cami even though it's 80% done, because i don't see a point in finishing another sweater i won't wear just because i'm almost there. i just don't think i can block it big enough where it will look okay....

help....
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:59 PM   #2
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When you say you got gauge do you mean just on the swatch, or you measured your gauge while knitting the item and it was correct throughout the item? If just from the swatch, your gauge has probably changed. If you are getting correct gauge in the actual item but it works out to be bigger at that point than the pattern specifies, the pattern has given the wrong number of stitches for that measurement. Unless it is right gauge until you wear it when it stretches much more than the wool used for the pattern does.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:11 PM   #3
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i got gauge (sorry about the spelling errors) on a swatch. i didn't think to recheck when i was knitting because i made sure that i did my gauge in the round and everything.
maybe i'll recheck it. it's hard to get a proper gauge reading when you're working a lace pattern, though..

i was thinking for an exercise in gauge and fit, i would "create" a tank top. check gauge, measure, and cast on based on that number.
i was thinking maybe something based on this tank
http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTasana.html

but i would have a solid body instead of holes....
maybe i'll see if i could create something kinda like a bit tube with tie straps on the shoulders?
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:28 PM   #4
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It may not be the pattern being wrong, but the yarn. If you used a yarn that's different in fiber than the pattern, you might be able to get gauge, but it acts differently, either stretching out or not stretching.


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Old 06-13-2007, 12:04 AM   #5
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Would this help? I too have had several things not fit even when I got gauge in my swatch. I think I'm going to try this.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:27 AM   #6
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I think gauge is the bane of many knitter's existence.

I was just reading Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee last night and need to go a re-read her section on gauge.

I have always had a problem with getting my garment gauge to match my swatch gauge and while I was pretty tired when I was reading last night, the gist of it is this: gauge swatches lie.

I always thought it was just me. But you do your little swatch and then you make your garment and the gauge is not the same. You don't knit the same when you have a hundred or more stitches on your needle as when you only have 20. The weight of the garment as it grows will stretch your knitting out and change your gauge as well.

I think the only answer is to check and recheck your gauge while knitting your actual garment. That and make sure you don't fudge your swatch at all.

The Knitting Harlot lists 8 things to know about swatches and the first one (and the last one) is that swatches lie.

The second one is that a bigger swatch is better. Don't cheat on your swatch because you want the yarn and pattern to work and so you will knit a little looser or tighter to make up for that extra half stitch. Measure your swatch and as she says "suck it up if it's wrong."

Third is always wash the swatch. This will keep you from finding out what happens to your garment the first time you wash it.

Fourth is a swatch is not absolute. As you have found out, you can do a perfect gauge swatch and still have a problem with your sweater. Paying attention to your garment as you work is the only way to catch it before you have most or all of it done and it just doesn't fit.

This is just a small part of what she says on gauge. It's worth getting the book and reading it.

I think even the most experienced knitters have to deal with the issue of gauge. It gets easier to deal with the more you knit but I'm sure most of us have had to deal with ill fitting garments due to gauge that just didn't work out the way we planned. Stephanie calls it "The Element of Surprise." She says: "The way swatches lie is simply another one of knitting's little jokes designed to keep things interesting."


I hope this helps a little.

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