I'm knitting the Cabled Pullover from KnitSimple's Holiday mag (it's the trapeze top with the cable that runs across the chest and arms).
I've knit about 6 sweaters in the past and have been knitting for a few years now. This is the first time I'm actually using the yarn the pattern calls for, so of course I'm going to have problems.
I was attempting to make the size small because I'm a 35 bust and I like my sweaters to just graze my body, like it does on the super skinny model in the mag.
First, I couldn't get gauge. I was up to a sz 10 needle (calls for an
, and I'm still at 19 sts/4". Gauge is supposed to be 18 sts/4". I figured it'd be ok since I didn't want it quite as big as the small, but I wanted it bigger than the XS, so I just went for it with the 10's. I decided I didn't want/need it 4 feet around at the bottom (this should have been a red flag), so I cast on 92 sts per side instead of 104 and I eliminated the first decrease row. I decided to knit the front/back panels in the round.
This thing is HUGE. It's over 6 extra inches too big at the bust, not to mention the hips. They SAID the model was wearing the small, and she looks like she's a size 2 or 4. I'm a size 6, which with the extra holiday weight is pushing it.
What the?! To get it to a managable size, I'd have to cut off 15 stitches per side! Not even the XS is that small, and my gauge is tighter!
I've done the math and resized patterns when I've gotten a different gauge and it worked out okay, but with the way this sweater is constructed with half of it knitted bottom up and half side-to-side, I'm afraid to do it.
Is anyone else having trouble with this? Any ideas what I could be doing wrong? I'd like some feedback on what *I* could possibly be doing wrong before I write to KnitSimple and ask about what could be wrong with the pattern...
Thanks for any help.