My gauge is off. Way off. I measured and remeasured my swatch to figure out the rows per inch and stitches per inch. But now when I measure it, I’m getting different numbers and my sweater is going to be 1.5- 2 inches too small after blocking. This has no waist shaping so it’ll have -.5 inches ease at the bust and -1.5 inches ease at the hips. I don’t wear anything form fitting so I don’t think I’ll like it. Although, I’ve heard that skin-tight fair isle sweaters are really fashionable these days, right?!?
I don’t know what to do about this problem. The way I see it, I can either finish this for a smaller person or I can add a 2 inch button band down the front. I don’t really like either option. I was hoping to make this into a scoop-neck pull-over.
It’s frustrating because I took the time to knit up a swatch and block it. But, for some reason, the swatch has gotten smaller over time. Weird!!! Or, more likely, I just didn’t measure correctly at first.
After an extensive google search, I found this blogger who solved a similar problem with a wide button band: tinkerbell knits. My ribbing is stranded so I would need to carry the stranded knitting down the front which would not be as lovely as the image below with a solid stripe of color.
Perhaps I could remove the bottom stranded ribbing and add a solid ribbing and then carry that down the front of my sweater in an extra-wide button band?
Right now, I just want to set it aside and start something new that won’t turn out to be a dismal failure. 😦
Suggestions are welcome.