Jeg startede i mit sidste indlæg med at fortælle hvordan det kan være at jeg strikker en trøje til min mor, og hvordan designprocessen har været.
Og indtil jeg slog masker op, for at påbegynde den faktiske strikning, var processen fyldt med masser af spændende informationssøgning og hyggeligt nørkleri med strikkeprøver, udregninger og computer.
And until I cast on, the actual knitting process was filled with lots of exciting research and fooling around with knitting samples, calculations and laptop.
However, the smoothness (predictable enough) not last. So when I had knit past the halfway mark on the stranded part of the yoke and was inspecting my work it dawned on me that it was a lot smaller than it should be. I tried it on and measured it, and quickly figured out that my tension was not consistent with the gauge I had used to calculate the pattern.
And it’s not because I do not know if that the gauge swatch for at project that will be knit in the round should also be knitted in the round. I can not explain why, but I chose to knit my first swatch flat and to calcualte my tension from it. I even had the 2 stranded samples that I had knit in the round and then steeked that I could have used… but I did not. Did I loose my mind temporarily?
And therefore I rip back to the beginning… and start over.
To rectify the error knit a new swatch – in the roundthis time, and new calculations were made based on this. Fortunately it was not necessary to redesign the yoke, as it could get away with merely adding another repeat of the colour chart.
The new gauge swatch revealed that my gauge is slightly tighter when knitting colourwork, so to compensate, I need to the single colour parts of the jumper on slightly smaller needles.
Luckily the new tips have arrived, so I can knit like the wind.