Monday, June 05, 2006

I'm Linda and blogless but I've always wanted to be part of a KAL and Betty said I can join without a Blog so here I am! I'm working my you really have to knit the lace, in the smaller needle as well as the Stockinette for gauge? If so I'm just wondering how one would translate the whole pattern into a back and forth swatch given that it is written in the round?


Jacquie said...

I have to confess that I didn't bother with the lace swatch (smack my wrist and tsk-tsk at me if you like!)

My gauge came out tighter than called for, but I want an in between size anyway so have decided to go ahead with the bigger size directions and hope it comes out smaller. I have calculated that it should but, from what others are saying, this yarn seems a bit unpredictable.

Rev. Linda said...

Hi Jacquie,
My LYS owner told me that in her experience you can expect bamboo yarn to "bloom" - especially in openwork. I got gauge on the smaller needle,(i'm using 4's and 5's) just in SS - so I will go with that. Casting on tomorrow!

Michelle said...

I haven't checked my gauge yet (though I really should soon). I know it's supposed to be around 32" and I'm knitting on a 29" needle. It seems about right and I've just been lazy about it.
If I did bother to check my gauge I'd only check on the stockinette part since it's the only form fitting part of the top anyway.

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

I'm another one who only swatched the St st section since that'll be the part that'll give me the most issues fit-wise. I had asked my friend about swatching the lace portion and she said, "Ah, it's just lace. Just knit it." Heh. So that's what I'm doing. I've CO and provided I don't twist it yet again, I'll be plugging on the lace section.

Bad Amy said...

It's a good idea to make a swatch 'in the round'. To make a swatch panel, just CO circ needles and knit. At the end of each row, drape the yarn across the back to start knitting the next row. Yes, it looks funny, but it works.

Typically, you'll knit tighter than you purl, or vice-versa. When in the round, it's all knit so this method will give a better gauge read than knitting flat back and forth.

Rev. Linda said...

So Amy, Are you saying that you would gauge the lace?

Bad Amy said...

Hi Rev Linda,

I don't have the pattern in front of me, but I would do a swatch of any stitch pattern they quote gauge for.

I'm a total nerd about swatching, so even if a pattern states gauge for two different stitch patterns, I'll do both. I know it's a pain, but it has saved me from frogging multiple things where I assumed I would have gauge, but wound up way off.

Hopefully my yarn will come soon and I can join in the fun!

Rev. Linda said...

Hi Amy,
The pattern says to gauge with the "smaller" needles. The bummer is that when you actually start the tank you are supposed to use the LARGER needles. So no matter what you have to cast on, get gauge and then rip it all out. But with your suggestion of carrying the yarn across the back maybe it won't take as long.

Maybe it seems like I'm obsessing, but REALLY, the sweater that I made, that I LOVE, and the only one I really wear, is the one where I spent TONS of TIME measuring and getting my gauge.

So I'm a believer!
(that's probably why I'm a Rev. :) )