I was feeling a little under the weather today, and I figured that since I didn't have the energy to dig my car out of the snow, I wasn't going to go anywhere this weekend. So, I set out to finish my pink vest that I have been working on. I got to the point where I split the front and back, and completed the armhole shaping for the back portion.
So, I had the bright idea to try it on. Look what happened. Now my head is already really foggy from the flu, but that still doesn't stop me from seeing that this is way too big. Gauge problem? Well, let's try to figure this one out.
(Please ignore the smile in the picture. I am really pissed off. My mom made me laugh by calling me knitty shitty, since I messed up)
The pattern specified a gauge of 23 sts/ 4" in the Fair Isle pattern. I decided not to Fair Isle this sweater, and the gauge I measured was 22 sts/ 4". So, I decided to take out a sweatervest that I know fits me very well. Look at the difference.
Even if I went down to the XS size, I will only be losing 12 stitches which would still leave me with a big sweater. Based on the measurement of my sweatervest that I bought from a store, I calculated that I need about 36 less stitches. So, it is time to frog this. Just as I spliced my 3rd ball of yarn. Aarrgghh!!!!
Hmmm... You think I should just make a skirt??? Just an FYI.. my hips are about 39 inches with this junk in my trunk, plus I have on jeans which is adding a little more. How did 35.5 inches from the pattern turn into 39 in my sweatervest????
I am so fed up. I was getting really excited that I got through more than 50% of this sweater, and was looking forward to wearing it when the weekend was over. I also wanted to surprise Deborah who seems to believe that I won't ever finish anything I start. (Well, she just teases me by saying that... I know she loves me, and believes in my abilities) I also wanted to have one FO for the year that wasn't a hat that I agreed to give away. This was going to be all mine, in my favorite color, and fit perfect. Maybe I am just emotional because I am sick and needy right now. But I am sad. There, I said it. I am human, and I have feelings.
I also want to add that Nancy really appreciates having me as a friend because I am always so enthusiastic about my knitting, even if it is pissing me off. Well, Nancy... have fun laughing at this one.
So, if you have any ill-fitting stories, I would love to hear it. You just got my very first one.