Sunday, February 17, 2008

CPH Swatch Moment of Truth

So I took the plunge and knit a CPH swatch in lovely Old Sage Lamb's Pride Worsted (single-ply), 20 stitches across, including one cable, and topped it off with 2x2 rib at the end for good measure (no pun intended).

The freshly-knit dimensions:

4.25" wide x 5" long

The swatch experienced life in the lukewarm tub (can't be hot-tubbing it when you are partly wool) of Eucalan, then was gently squeezed out and blocked appropriately to the board. It languished overnight, drying.

The blocked dimensions:

4.5" wide x 5.5" long

Hmmm. That's a quarter-inch width dif and a half-inch length dif. My gauge initially was 4.25 sts/inch. Cast on 110. That means... doing the math... hang on...

OK, help?

OK... if a 20-st swatch measures 4.5" wide.... then 110 sts / 20 = 5.5 x 4.5" = 24.75" wide.

OK so if the finished dimension is supposedly 25", I'm close? But I want it to be a tad larger. A TAD. Not three inches. More like an inch or so. Do I go up one needle size to a #9?

Maybe I'm not ready for a sweater.

Of course the alternative is, if it's too small, I can always trim down until I fit the sweater...



At 10:51 PM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Carrie K said...

Too bad there aren't any buttonholes. (Because misery loves company).

Swatch until you hit the measurements you want! That's the whole point of swatching. I'd say up or down a needle size but my brain just went into the Left? Right? West? WHAT?? freeze.

The colorway is fab looking.

At 10:37 AM, February 18, 2008, Blogger Stick said...

Math is hard


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