Thursday, March 24, 2016

Falling Leaves Cardigan

I've been getting braver with my knitting lately. I've begun to look at sweater patterns and think of how I'd like to change them to make them perfect for my tastes. Usually a pattern has at least one feature that I'd like to change.

For this particular sweater (Falling Leaves pattern, available free on Ravelry), the yoke was knit in garter stitch. I HATE garter stitch. I have no idea why, except maybe because it looks like the sweater is inside-out. At any rate, I loved the lace detail but I knew I'd never wear it if I did the top in garter stitch. So I decided to change it to stockinette stitch, add ribbing at the top and bottom, add button bands afterward, and lengthen the sleeves. Maybe I came up with a completely new sweater, now that I look at all of those changes ...

The trouble is that garter stitch and stockinette stitch have completely different gauges. I got 8 rows to an inch instead of the 11 that the pattern called for. I did some math and adjusted it accordingly ... and it worked! Really, math is your best friend as a knitter. It's how I can get a perfectly-fitted sweater, instead of an ill-fitted one (like storebought ones usually are on me).

This one is done now, once I find buttons ...

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