Wrap Cardigan, Part 2 – whoops, I did it again

I really shouldn’t be allowed to knit late at night.

When I left off last time, I was trying to convince myself that I didn’t have to start the wrap cardigan over, that the upper back was not too wide.  OK, OK, I knew deep down that it was, but I didn’t want to hear it.

So, this weekend I took the piece to the final authority, which is Sandi, and got her opinion, which was what I knew it was going to be:  Yes, it’s too big.  Start over.

Well, I thought, here’s a chance to turn a negative into a positive.  So I went down two needle sizes, to size 4, and made another swatch.  You see, when that fabric relaxed and expanded after steaming last time, it did turn kind of a little loosey-goosey on me, so I figured here’s my chance to correct that issue.

Having once again learned my lesson, I dutifully steamed the swatch this time, let it dry overnight, checked out the results (nice fabric), measured the gauge, did some math.

Then, late last night, I grabbed my SIZE 6 NEEDLES which were still in the bag from the first attempt, cast on, and proceeded to knit a near-duplicate of the too-big piece I already had, only wider yet.

I’ll pause here for a moment to let you stop laughing.

I’m not sure what I did to upset the Gauge Gods this badly, but at the moment they are definitely not on my side.  I may need to burn some cashmere, or something.


  2 comments for “Wrap Cardigan, Part 2 – whoops, I did it again

  1. 04/22/2008 at 1:10 PM

    Hey, I thought I was the only person that did things like that. Yesterday I was finishing a necklace and had to cut the chain. I made myself take deep breaths, check, double check, mark the link, take a walk around, and check again before I cut the chain. This time I didn’t mess it up, but I was really surprised that I didn’t. I fully expected that I would make a mistake because I usually do! What’s that about?

  2. 04/29/2008 at 12:08 PM

    HA! apparently you’ve found the key. You only mess things up when you’re sure you know what you’re doing, right? So, perhaps the trick is to be pretty darned sure you DON’T know what you’re doing?!

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