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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Knitting Drama! HELP!

Yep folks , I am posting two days in one week can you imagine! I really had to post so I could get some good advice. I was casting on for the knitting olympics yesterday.... I am doing the Chevron Rib Tank. I got a little confused by the pattern so looked up other blogger who have knitted this. OMG! Had no clue that it looked that way in the back!ICK! That would look terrible on me! I loved the front, but lets face it I just can't wear the front around town :) So what do I do?

I have to make something else! Bad Penny? I could make it work, right? So I just did a swatch for st. stitch and came up with 18.75 stitches/4"... I need 20stitches/4"... And I don't have a size 6 needle in my needle stash! How does that happen? I have dozens of needles in there but I have no 16" or 24" sz 6 circs! So I grabbed my sz 7 addis 24" circs and got to calculating..... MATH! Double ICK! I can make bad penny in one size smaller and it should work..... So I ask you guys is this legal? Can I minipulate patterns and gauge and actually have this to wear when it is finished? Or will it be a disaster?

You maybe wondering, Catherine, what about finishing a project before starting one! Well, thats a good thought huh?

Valentines day was amazing :) Chris had ordered flowers a week ago with a box of chocolates..... He kept calling all day yesterday kind of hinting if anything had been delivered.. I said no! Finally at 7:30pm the boxes arrive, and Chris was pretty mad! They were suppose to come in the moring while he was at work. I didn't care, I got a dozen red roses and a box of chocolates :)

Hope this post finds you all well, I will be waiting for your suggestions before i cast on for Bad Penny....


Blogger Nyxxie said...

I think if the #'s turn out right that making Bad Penny would be great. I love that pattern too. I have some extra sz 6 needles and would be more than happy to send them to you if you would like. What yarn are you using? I have to leave to go to the denist what fun!!! But when I get back I am going to look more into the tank pattern too and see what we could do to change the back. I want to make both these patters myself that is why I am wondering what yarn you are using. Take care! O yeah have you ever though about getting some Denise needles? Do you like them or dislike them?

10:42 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Sorry, can't help you on your knitting project. Wish I could though. I've never made either of those patterns, nor have I had to really calculate anything...

12:03 PM  
Blogger amylovie said...

As long as you get gauge, you will be OK. I'm not the best at manipulating patterns, so I can't be much help there.

Are you still planning to swing by tomorrow?


12:05 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

I haven't ever recalculated an entire pattern, but I've had to fudge certain portions because I couldn't get gauge. I'm thinking that it should work to make Bad Penny a size smaller, so long as your calculations with your swatch show that everything should fit. I'm not the best person with math, though, so I don't know how reliable my answer is! ;-) Chris is so sweet- what a wonderful Valentine's gift!! So glad to hear you had a wonderful day...take care! :-)

11:01 PM  
Anonymous wendy g said...

What a sweet hubby!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

Deliveries on Valentine's Day are very unpredictable because there are so many people to deliver to. Good luck with your new project.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gauge is more important than anything, so you can use any needle size that fits.


4:08 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

I second everyone's opinion that if you do the math (yuck) and the measurements, based on the gauge with your 7's, will fit go for it. Does that make sense?

LOVE the stitch markers - they are my first nice markers.

7:14 PM  
Blogger traveling knitter said...

Sorry to hear about the issues...at least you know now that Birch is your olympic knitting. Same thing happened to me with the flowers....I didn't get them till 7p!!! Brian was pissed and won't do that again. Sorry we didn't end up getting together....I don't know when I'll see you guys next I'm travelling heavily in the next couple of weeks.

2:18 PM  

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