Pride goeth before the fall. also known as Gauge goeth before the RIP. at least it will if you agree with me ……
Here’s the dilemma …. Ann’s a knucklehead. A lazy, gauge-skirting knucklehead.
Here is how it has manifested this time.
I decide to start knitting the Stacy Pullover. I measure etc. and have sizing issues. Which I have resolved. (see previous post). I do check my gauge. I really do. At least the first part of my gauge. The part that says this is what you should get for this pattern stitch on the smaller needles. I do not check my gauge for the other pattern stitch on the larger needles. If I consider it at all, I figure how different can it be?
let’s pause for a moment and consider the madness of that question
The pattern on the larger needles wants me to get 8 rows per inch. I am getting 7. I have discovered this discrepancy upon reaching the portion for decreasing at the armhole. Left unresolved, this will lead to a full inch deeper armhole than the pattern or my size needs.
I was all set to just re-work the math in order to get the proper number of decreases over the specified inches. Where the pattern says to decrease 12 stitches over 12 rows, I would need to decrease 12 over 10. This seemed simple enough and I could just take notes and be sure to do the same on the back. Until Boar, who had been helping me with the math, said, “so will you also re-work the tops of the sleeves?”
gah! the sleeves
maybe I should just rip and have a do-over on smaller needles. The rip would involve 48 rows. And while I have gone so far as to take a class at Stitches given by June Hiatt where she showed us how to rework the pattern to fit our gauge rather than reworking our gauge to fit the pattern, I am beginning to think that in the face of all of this math, that 48 rows is a small sacrifice.
what do you think? Not only do I need your advice, I need it as soon as possible, so knitting can resume!
or how about this (possible stroke of genius or sign of severe sleep deprivation) …… I am right at the point of armhole decreases ….. what if I don’t rip and simply switch to the smaller needles right now? what would that do/look like?