Yes, I understand the compulsion to cast on that invades you when you have the perfect yarn for the perfect pattern and the perfect day to start this new project that you admired so much and you never found the time to start.
I also know how do you feel when the project of your heart reveals actually a tiny sweater maybe good for your teen niece... or a huge, shapeless thing that makes you look half tall and twice as wide!
Why? Where did I go wrong?!
Did you swatch to test your gauge? And, did you wash and block your swatch?
You need to do a correct gauge swatch before starting any garment and many accessories!
What is a gauge swatch and where I take it?
Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows/rounds that a knitter makes per inch/cm using a certain yarn weight and needle size. Gauge varies from knitter to knitter: everyone can achieve a different gauge using the same yarn and needle size suggested in a pattern, so you should find the recommended gauge with your style and appropriated needles.
A swatch is a square or a rectangle that shown the knitting stitches used in a garment. It should be more than 4 inches/10 cm in depth and width and big enough to show off a whole pattern repeat (for example a lace chart or a cable panel repeat).
Once obtained your swatch, you should soak and block it as the pattern suggest and you will have your final swatch!
Congrats, let's start knitting!
Hello, I'm Ela.
I live with my family in northern Italy, in a small village near Pavia.
I'm a mom of one wonderful teen daughter and two terrific dogs, a happy wife, an independent knitwear designer, a yarn maniac and an amateur chef.