Since I finished a few of my WIP’s I was excited to spend this past weekend working on some new projects….but that didn’t happen. Instead I spent most of the day on Sunday kitting up swatches…. grrrrr…..
I had decided I was going to make a really pretty hat that I saw on a blog (and I apologize, I don’t remember which one it was) But I had saved the project into my queue. It’s the Hermione Hearts Ron hat by Christy Aylesworth. I printed the pattern, read it over & was checking for yarn ideas. It said that I had 2 yarns in my stash, Yay! (I have made a promise to myself that I would not buy any new yarn until I used up some of the yarn in my stash because my stash is just way to big! It is overflowing!) So I was very happy that I had yarn that I could use for this project. The yarn was Simply Soft by Caron and I have it in 6 different colors! This yarn has been used 29 times for the project which is the 4th most used yarn. I figured that was a good sign. The pattern calls for size 2 & 3 16″ circular needles. I thought I had them, but nope I have the 24″ circulars. A quick call to my LYS and off I go to buy the needles. It was so hard not to browse at all the pretty yarn! But I did it! Oh and I’m very excited about the needles I purchased. They are from Hiya Hiya. I’ve heard such good things about them in some of my podcasts and I’m very excited to use them.
I begin knitting my swatch using the size 3 needles. The pattern says 26 stitches should equal 4″. I cast on 26 stitches & knit away. So excited to be using my new needles & to soon begin working on my hat.
When I finish the swatch I measure it & it is too big, it measures 5″. I count the stitches per inch its not correct either. I should have 6.5 inches. This doesn’t make sense to me. I go back to Ravelry and look at the other projects that were made with this yarn to see what needle size they used and it is all over the place, from size 2 to 8. I’m really lost when it comes to this gauge thing! I just don’t get it! I asked my LYS if they did a class on it and they said it would be a great idea and maybe they would work one in soon. But in the meantime I’m lost. I tried with a size 6 needle & then a size 8 needle. I really don’t understand. The size 6 & 8 are almost identical. The size 3 swatch is a little smaller, but the number of stitches don’t add up to what I’m supposed to have.
I give up. I put away everything and work on my Anniversary Sharf which makes me happy :)
Monday night I search Ravelry for another hat pattern that I can make using my yarn and I find Dapperly Dashing Scarf & Hat pattern by Stormy Tetreault. It says that it is a fun pattern to knit & easy to remember! Winner!! :) Though I haven’t started it, I plan on casting it on today. But I’m still very upset about the Hermione hat. I won’t give up on it!!
Oh and BTW the reciptient of the Spooky Socks loved them!!! Woop Woop!