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Old 04-06-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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It's Not Enough
I am not quite half way through the alpaca vest and can already tell that this pound of sport weight alpaca isn't going to be enough to finish it. What a bummer.


I'm not going to frog it just yet. I'll try and find some more of the yarn in the same color. If I can I'll finish it, otherwise I'll frog it and make a nice hat and scarf combo out of it.

Oh well, I still enjoyed knitting with it either way.
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:24 PM   #2
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That is too bad Mason. I hope you can find some matching yarn. But you did get some good practice.
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:55 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by cindycactus View Post
That is too bad Mason. I hope you can find some matching yarn. But you did get some good practice.
Well, the odds on finding an exact match for the yarn are probably not very good but it's worth a try I suppose. I might get lucky.

And you're right, it was good practice. I have an order of wool at home that arrived (naturally) a couple of days after I left back out on the road. I plan to make a sweater from it so working on the vest was good practice for that.

Besides, maybe a nice alpaca hat and scarf would be nice next Winter.
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:57 PM   #4
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Welllll, you could go up a needle size or two, make a smaller size (less stitches) and maybe have enough for the whole vest.....
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Welllll, you could go up a needle size or two, make a smaller size (less stitches) and maybe have enough for the whole vest.....
Possibly, but I'm already using a needle size a couple of sizes bigger than is called for with sport weight. I feel that going up too much more would make the thing too airy.

A smaller size would be ok if I lost some weight
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Sue, the more I thought about this yarn coming up short and your reply here the more I got to thinking that maybe I was just making the thing too big. I secured it on the cable and tried it on. Sure enough I am making it way bigger than I thought (or I'm not quite as fat as I thought).

I'm going to frog it, redo my gauge and math, and try it again. I knew there should have been enough according to my original math. I must have screwed up on the gauge somewhere.

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Old 04-06-2008, 08:55 PM   #7
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That gauge thing is a bear! I'm glad you can try again!

Hope your mom is doing okay.
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That gauge thing is a bear! I'm glad you can try again!

Hope your mom is doing okay.
Well I did figure out where I went wrong. I used 6 stitches/inch for the gauge but when I measured my work I found it was actually 5 stitches/inch. Amazing how much difference that makes.

Mom will see the surgeon Tuesday, won't know much until then. Thanks.
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Glad you figured out what's going on.
Sorry about the frogging.
But you sure did prove once and for all how important gauge is.


It's late and I'm doing the math in my head so I may be way off,
but:
If you're 1 stitch per inch off-gauge
and the vest is (let's just say) 40 inches around,
that's 40 stitches off.
Divide 5 stitches per inch into 40 and...
your vest would be 8" too big.
Yikes.

But hey -- alpaca is such beautiful stuff; think of it as getting more time to knit with it.

Best wishes to your mother.
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Good luck with the frogging and the knitting (again) of your vest. I sure do hope you post pictures of it when done.
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