I am knitter, hear me sigh

Not gnashing of teeth or wailing or rending of garments. Just a sigh when you realise that swatching didn’t tell you everything you needed to know.

Like how linen rib doesn’t behave in the same way as wool or even cotton rib. Once stretched out, it will stay that way. So, make your swatch bigger and be prepared to rip out 20cm of your back piece and start all over again a size smaller.

Bamboo, another vegetable fibre, will do precisely what you tell it to do, no more and no less. And when the double lattice stitch brings everything together nice and cosy it will stay that way and not loosen up. So even pedantic attention to swatching will mean ripping out 10cm of double lattice, swatching again, changing needle size and garment size.

Lesson: if you’re using bamboo or linen do not expect them to work up like cotton does. Make your swatches extra large, pull and stretch them and see what happens to them. Then start your project and hope you don’t have to gently sigh, and begin ripping.

PS. Thanks for your words of support. We’re getting closer to a diagnosis and that’s always a very good place to start. Apparently so is doe, but that’s another post altogether.

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2 Comments

  1. Kate said,

    February 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Gauge is a LYING LIAR.

    Not that I’m bitter.

    • froginthepond said,

      February 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Of course not. Knitters never ever get bitter about those sorts of things. We don’t have a photographic memory for the projects that got screwed up or anything like that…


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