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To gauge or not to gauge…

2009 April 16
by elizabeth_admin

I bet you thought I was going to silently slink away and never mention the Whisper Cardigan from Interweave Knits again, didn’t you?  Well, truth be told, I almost gave it up after ripping it 4 or 5 times, but I really want one.  And since sweaters don’t knit themselves, I guess I have to knit it! 

So yesterday I did some research on Ravelry to see if others were working on this pattern and if any of them had had any problems.  Well it turns out, a lot of them did!  Oh and can you believe there are 441 Ravelers working on this pattern right now?  Wow!  3 people are using the same yarn as me, albeit in different colors.  And all three had to go down in needle size to get gauge.  Aha!  I knew it!

I did a gauge swatch (again!) last night in the smaller needles (US 5) and reached a gauge of 6.75 stitches per inch.  The pattern calls for 6 stitches per inch.  So I think the difference is negligible enough to just forge on ahead and cast on for the medium size.   Here’s a picture of the bland glory that is my gauge swatch!

Gauge Swatch with US 5 needles

Gauge Swatch with US 5 needles

Wish me luck!

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Nikki permalink
    April 22, 2009

    Quick question. How would you launder this when it’s done?

    • eword10 permalink
      April 22, 2009

      dry clean only my friend! or hand wash and air dry.

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