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Topic: Cabled Pullover from KnitSimple - anyone else having serious problems?  (Read 668 times)
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« on: January 04, 2008 08:36:26 PM »

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 Cool, 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.

« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2008 09:19:55 PM »

Did you try going down in needle size? To get more sts per inch you need smaller needles.

« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2008 02:16:18 PM »

No, that's the problem, I'm getting too many stitches per inch.  My swatch is already smaller than the suggested gauge, and it still turned out huge  Undecided
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2008 03:00:24 PM »

Oh whoops, it was late and I was tired when I posted that....

In that case, forget the gauge, use 8 or 9s and good luck. Or make the XS,

« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2008 06:55:29 PM »

I'd say go down another needle size and make the extra small.  Undecided Poor editing can be a problem with published patterns, but the majority of the pattern writers or publishers can be contacted for help. If you haven't already, send an e-mail explaining your problem. You should be able to find an address on the mag's website.

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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008 06:24:30 AM »

Hmm.  Maybe the model's really tall?  If she's 6'3", she could have a 36" or 38" chest and still be a bean-pole.  Equally, it's possible the stylist nipped the back in with a pin during the photoshoot, and no-one noticed!

« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2008 07:33:53 AM »

Well, I frogged it, and I'm casting on with 92 stitches per side and hoping for the best.  I figured out the cable part is done in a repeat pattern until a certain length, so it shouldn't be a problem to attach it to the body.  For the sleeves, I plan on wrapping the body around my arm and counting the stitches and casting on for the size sleeve closest to the #sts I come up with. 

I bet the sweater on the model *is* pinned together in the back.  There was this cabled Chaps sweater I fell in love with in the Kohls ads all winter.  I went in, tried it on, and the small, the smallest size, was totally baggy while on the model it was perfectly form-fitting.  There's no way this model was bigger than me, so it must be a common practice. Sad
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2008 05:35:43 AM »

Yeah.  The designer won't always be there at the photo-shoot, and the stylist has a free hand to make things "better".  There was a hilarious rant on Annie Modesitt's blog (I think) about a stylist shooting a prop pair of gloves because they looked nicer than the actual design, so the book has the wrong gloves pictured!

If you look in shops, the clothes on the stands are often pinned in to fit, too.

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