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Topic: Knitty's Spring Fling Issues  (Read 603 times)
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« 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.
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