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Old 12-21-2007, 05:25 PM   #1
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very confused about what went wrong with my first sweater
I just finished my very first sweater, and it is copmpletely the wrong size in every way! Yes, I did check my gauge way back in the begining. The length of the sweater is now 21 inches, but I measured it, both the front and back, at least twice and it measured 23 inches beforeI finished it. The sleeves now measure 24 inches long instead of 21 inches. I also measured them at least 2 times. By the way when I measured them I laid them flat on a table, made sure they were the right length then picked them up and laid them back down and measured them again. THis sweater was suppose to be a gift for my SIL for Christmas and I tried really hard to make sure it was perfect, but it is not now that it is done!

Can someone please tell me what I might have done wrong. I feel like I have just wasted alot of my time and effort!
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Old 12-21-2007, 06:04 PM   #2
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What kind of yarn did you use?And can you post a picture of it?It would help us help you with more information on sweater.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:38 PM   #3
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Sometimes you can block the sweater into the right shape. Here's how:

I always used my mother's ironing board, much to her disgust. So pin the sweater [half the sweater at a time] edges to the board - this means stick a straight pin through the edge of the sweater through the ironingboard cover. Space these pins about 1/2" to 1" apart, making sure that the sweater measurements are what you want them to be - this may mean pulling or stretching or bunching a bit. Then wet a linen or cotton woven dishtowel and put it over the pinned part of your sweater. Press on top of the wet towel with a steam iron, just enough to "set" the sweater beneath.

Remove the pins, repeat the above with the other half of the sweater. Then lay the newly-blocked and damp-hot sweater out on a smooth surface [I used the top of our chest freezer] and let it dry/cool overnight - again, make sure you have it in the measurements you want.

Good luck! And good for you for even finishing such a project - before Christmas, too!

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Old 12-22-2007, 01:01 AM   #4
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Unfortunately, I used acrylic yarn so I don't think I can block it. The yarn is Bernat Softee Chunky.
I can't post a picture #1 I don't know how and #2 I don't have digital camera.
I went back today and discovered my gauge change some where during the sweater . Is there anything I can do to avoid this from happening again
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:18 AM   #5
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It can happen that as you settle in to knitting a large project you relax and so does your gauge. Most people have more tension in their swatch or when they first cast on, because they're determined to `get it right' or learn the pattern. After it becomes familiar the tension can loosen up. So what you can do is knit on something meaningless for a few minutes, get a rhythm going, then switch over to a swatch. Sort of `warming up' your knitting.
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:08 AM   #6
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What I do is while knitting the actual project I will take a gauge measurement off and on just to make sure I am still on track. In other words, after I make the initial swatch and I start knitting my project I will stop after a bit and measure (say I am on the sleeves) the sleeves again to see if I am still on gauge.
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:45 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
It can happen that as you settle in to knitting a large project you relax and so does your gauge. Most people have more tension in their swatch or when they first cast on, because they're determined to `get it right' or learn the pattern. After it becomes familiar the tension can loosen up. So what you can do is knit on something meaningless for a few minutes, get a rhythm going, then switch over to a swatch. Sort of `warming up' your knitting.
Great tip suzeeq! I will remember that one. Very good!
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:58 AM   #8
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Sorry about your sweater, mkkl19.
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Wasn't my idea, I don't have a problem generally. Read it somewhere...
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It may also be that the chunky yarn is pretty heavy and the weight of the sweater lengthened/stretched it out a bit. Thats happened to me before.
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