The Gauge Swatch Saga
I would love to make a garment that actually fits someone! But I'm a bit intimidated by the whole thing...
Above you see a swatch that I've been working on for a waistcoat that I am making for Marmee, I hinted about it in my last post. It's the second attempt at getting gauge and still not bang on. Grrr... I think it's the closest I can get. Check out the Ravelry details to see more about the pattern I'm using.
So here's some numbers:The pattern specifies a gauge of:
21stitches x 28rows is 4”x4” with 4mm needles.
The closest to that I can get is 22sts x 24rows to 4”x4” with 5mm needles (the swatch pictured above).
So, in my head it means that the waistcoat will be a little bit wider and a bit shorter than the measurements of the pattern because the number of stitches is more and the number of rows is less than the pattern requires per 4" = my first mistake!!
In fact, it means that 21sts (pattern gauge) is a little bit less than 4" in my swatch. So the waistcoat will be a little bit narrower. And 28 rows (pattern gauge) measures more than 4" in my swatch, so the waistcoat will be a little bit longer than the pattern.
I've discovered that I need to think about the actual length rather than the number of stitches/rows, then things are more logical to me.
You live and you learn right?!
I would not have figured this out without the very kind help of the Ravelry community, cannot praise it enough. Thanks all!
I'm going to cast on now... *excited!*
Update: I just read a VERY helpful and informative post on this topic over at Zilredloh. Go check it out!
Another update: Are you a knitter, if so watch this youtube knitting video. Do you identify with her? I do... haha!