A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
November 17 News: WOW!  Congratulate the winner of DIY Halloween Costumes 2015!
Total Members: 312,969
Currently Running With Scissors:
565 Guests and 7 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Knitty's Spring Fling Issues  (Read 498 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
« on: May 10, 2008 07:28:00 PM »

I just started Knitty's Spring Fling (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTspringfling.html), and as this is my first non-sock or accessory project I'm afraid I've already messed things up.

1. I'm subbing in Classic Elite Premiere, which my gauge swatch turned out to be 23 sts/4". The pattern calls for 24 sts/4" so I figured I was close enough to go ahead. Did I screw this up?
2. The pattern says to use circulars to knit flat pieces. Does it matter that I use straight needles instead?
3. The above mentioned gauge is on size 6 needles as per the pattern. The sweater starts off with ribbing done on size 4 needles. I've knit almost an inch of ribbing and it looks to be only 14", maybe 15" wide when stretched out some. The measurements at the bottom of the page show a 19" wide back for the medium sweater I'm aiming for! Do you think the lace pattern for the rest of the body done on size 6 will be the 19", and the ribbing is just very small due to the nature of ribbing?

Thank you for any help. I've never had any problems with gauge or subbing in a different type yarn than called for in the pattern so I want to cover all bases.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2008 07:28:27 PM by yorkshirelamb » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2008 08:05:31 PM »

It's a combination of the nature of the ribbing and the nature of the lace. Lace stretches a lot so it's going to be wider than plain stockinette would be. While stockinette would be only 17" across in your size, the lace makes it 19".

As for your gauge being "close enough", probably. If it were a stockinette sweater it would be about 0.75" wider in the back, but since it's lace you most likely won't notice.

If you are very concerned about the ribbing you can go up a needle size or two, the larger sizes use 6s for everything because they're designed to fit looser and be longer in that pattern. (Which, as someone of larger size, sort of bugs me, it's a very different fitting sweater in the larger sizes!)
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2008 08:24:15 AM »

Thank you! I think I will finish the ribbing and see how the lace turns out for width, I do want it to be the cropped, closer-fitting sweater so hopefully it will work.
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Interview With Simon Armitage at Laugharne Festival 2012
Interview With Simon Day at Laugharne Festival 2012
Blair Underwood on South by Southeast
Photoshoot for South by Southeast Book Cover with Blair Underwood
What John Irving Thinks of Mark Twain
Latest Blog Articles
November 25, 2015 Featured Projects
Tute Tuesday: Cube Advent Calendar
Thankful for Family

Comparison Shopping

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2015, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.