Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

It’s my gauge that’s lying. Two sweaters have been half-knit and then frogged due to gauge issues.

Now, I’m a super relaxed knitter. Loosey-goosey, according to some. I knit my socks on 0s and generally don’t even bother to swatch with the needle size given in a pattern (I go down at least one to start, and often end up two down!)

But lately, my swatches are lying. I do it the “right way”: knit at least a 4″ by 4″ swatch, wash it, block it, all of what I should be doing, and yet somehow, SOMEHOW… I’ve twice ended up with a sweater at least two sizes too big.

I ended up knitting the Contrasting Wrap Sweater on US 7s, TWO sizes smaller than what my measurements called for after a horrific failure on the needles I’d used to get gauge (size US 8). When I went back to check gauge… somehow my gauge on the 7s was STILL bigger than what the pattern called for. I would’ve needed another size or two smaller to come even close.

And now it’s Gemini’s turn. Attempt one ended in a much too floppy neckline and a body that drooped, and a gauge a full stitch per inch bigger than it should’ve been according to my swatch.

What’s going on with my swatches?!

One thought on “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

  1. kaystir

    Maybe there is someone distracting you and making you really tierd when you knit the project and ver tense when you knit the swatch?

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