I’d planned to post about the maths needed to make the Shaped Lace Tee from Knitting Lingerie Style. This morning, I made a mistake on the “gentle” (ie easy) sudoku pattern from today’s newspaper and on my second attempt, I still can’t do it. Not a good start to the day when it’s all about the numbers (in my defence, I haven’t had my morning coffee yet…)
So I’m using Rowan Calmer (yay, stash yarn!!) rather than the Cascade Sierra the pattern calls for. Yay me for realising I could use stash yarn rather than buying a bamboo/cotton blend I was thinking about when I saw it in Spotlight (also yay Spotlight for not having enough of the yarn in any colour thus preventing me from buying it, and yay Ravelry pattern search so I could see what others used!)
I even swatched. Twice. Using 4.5 mm and then 5mm sticks (new Knitpicks Harmony options, for those interested! Love them!).
The 4.5mm is on the bottom, 5mm on top (I know, they look the same size, they aren’t!). So , over 10cm/4″ with the 4.5mm sticks, I get 18 stitches and 28/30 rows (stretched) and with the 5mm sticks I get 18 stitches and 24 rows (weird hey – same stitch gauge). The pattern gauge is 16 stitches and 24 rows. I don’t really want to go up another stick size so I think I’ll use 5mm sticks. But that means upsizing in the pattern, which is fine as the pattern goes up to a 56″ chest (which is, yay, bigger than I need, for a change!). This brings me to the second difficulty.
Ease. It’s meant to be a relatively snug garment. But I don’t want it too snug, nor too loose, which on my limited understanding of ease means I need to use a little bit of negative ease. So doing the maths on my gauge of 18 st/4″ and the schematics, if I do one size up I get 0.5″ smaller than the correct size for me, and if I do two sizes up I get 1.5″ larger. Now I stretched out the swatches, and they could stretch a teeny bit more, so I think I’m probably best to go with the next size up – otherwise, I’m going to end up with an extra 3″ around and I think that will be bad, right? If only the pattern indicated whether the gauge was achieved by stretching out the garment or by it just sitting flat. Sigh.
If anyone has followed any of this and has any advice or opinions, feel free to advise!!