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Old 06-30-2008, 09:19 PM   #1
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WIP: A Knitting Nightmare strikes Artlady!
Yeah, you read it right! DISASTER! Fixable, but a disaster nonetheless!

I cast on for a jacket cardigan for my brother on June 15th. I am knitting away on the BACK...mostly on vacation in the wilderness last week...and I am 130 rows into the BACK...yeah that's right: 16,380 stitches worth!

I am almost done with the BACK...when I look, really LOOK at it!
"Hmmmm...this seems too wide!" I think to myself. I take out my trusty tape measure....SURE ENOUGH...the BACK is 2" too wide!

Well, this means that the jacket will be 52" around...the pattern should be only 48" for my brother's little 43" chest. He doesn't like the BIG SLOPPY look!

Why o why is my gauge so way OFF? I had dutifully knit my 4"x4" gauge swatch!
It was Perfect! So what is the matter????

I won't bore you with the suspense! Here is the answer: I got perfect gauge with a US9. However, in knitting with the TWEED yarn on a pattern stitch of k1p1 on the public side/purl across the row on the reverse side...it was a "hard knit". Meaning to say, you really have to work your hands and your stitches to make the tweed yarn stitches back and forth, knit 1 then purl 1. So my hands began to hurt. I remember them hurting. So I loosened up my stitches (not on purpose, just subconsciously) and knit along my merry way!

Well, that was enough to throw off the middle to upper regions of the BACK by two whole inches.

Yes, you guessed it. I swatched and re-swatched and came up with a solution for the re-knit: reduce to a US 8 needle...and reduce the stitches on the needle by 6, from 126 st to 120 st.

Well, it worked...and I am almost done with my re-knit! Yes folks...an entire re-knit pluse several swatches! I tinkered around with a new stitch pattern...but in the end, I liked the broken rib best. (read POST 21 on PG 3 for my frogging method! You'll like it!)

Anyhoo, that is not the only dilemma I've encountered. My brother left me a message, saying that he doesn't like a jacket to be more than 25" in length.

Well, this 'pattern' I've loosely been following will look like a
ladies' cropped jacket if I shorten it, as is, to 25" from the 30" recommended. The 30" looks best with the Front lapel shawl collar "look".

So, I perused through my knitting books and found a vest (same guage) with the right 'look' for a shorter men's jacket. Instead of a shawl collar, it has a sporty v-neck and collar combination. It will work!

Stay tuned. I refuse to begin any other project til this one is finished! It is a boring knit...so 'the problems' have jazzed things up! Oh yeah, and this too: the pattern called for mohair, and he doesn't like fuzzy. (A guy thing) Which is why the original pattern stitch (twisted rib) didn't work with the darn Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed. He wanted a charcoal tweed...and lo behold...I had 10 skeins of it in my stash! MY STASH! All I had to buy were the black leather buttons!

It won't end up looking like the original VOGUE pattern at all.
It will be my own RICK RYAN JACKET!

My hands still hurt! Is it age? Or just too much knitting?
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:03 PM   #2
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Now THAT is a load of work! But sounds like it will work out perfectly. When you get done, be sure to post a picture. I'm quite sure I would never have known what to do.

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Old 06-30-2008, 10:11 PM   #3
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Good thing he's your brother! and you love him enough to finish it.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:19 PM   #4
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not age but overworking the hands and joints

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Old 07-01-2008, 01:17 AM   #5
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I can't believe you can figure these things out. I would be so lost. I am such a slow knitter anyway I don't think I would ever finish such a project. Good luck. I bet your brother loves it.
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He better love it! Whilst finishing up the BACK...I am thinking about running a simple cable up the sleeves...from cuff to shoulder seam...just to give it some pizazz. Otherwise, the entire thing is a field of broken rib on charcoal tweed. Yawn. I think a lengthwise sleeve cable will look sporty, don't you?
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I think you have the patience of a saint. I like the cable idea. cant wait to see it.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:51 AM   #8
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It does my heart good to know these things happen to such an expert knitter. When it happens to me I just assume I'm a dweeb. LOL Glad you had the brains to figure it out and the patience to fix it though. I'm sure it will be amazing just like everything else you make!!
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Leave it to you to make lemonade outa lemons! Can't wait to see your new design!
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Sheesh...sorry to hear you've had to go through all that but at least your brother didn't call and say that he changed his mind and really wants a wider sweater than you'd originally planned...THAT would make me pull my hair out (and his)! :-)
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