Thursday, May 6, 2010

Gauge Schmauge

The first time I saw the Lacy Cropped Cardi in the March/April Crochet Today, I fell in love. Its cute and actually functional. There are a lot of pretty designs out there that just aren't practical for normal use, but this design didn't seem like one of them.

When I finally decided to jump into this project, I actually talked myself into making a gauge swatch. Don't get me wrong... it took some convincing and arguing with myself. I felt like there was a little devil on one shoulder and a little angel on the other. Did I really need a gauge swatch? No... yes.... no.... yes..... ahhh crap... YES!

So I swatched. And swatched again. Then again. Finally, one last time. It took 4 swatches to get the right gauge. I was so stinking proud of getting it right. I marched into the living room, holding my little sample up high and showed my swatch to hubby with pride. My gauge victory clearly didn't move him. Nevermind the reactions of the uninitiated.

I happily started on the sweater with a pound of Simply Soft that's been sitting in my stash. I hooked and hooked and had a nice chunk of the cardi finished in a few days.

I turned the page of the pattern and noticed that there were measurements for the width of the back piece. Since my gauge was spot on, I didn't bother checking this measurement after the first few rows. You see where this is going now, don't you?

I'm making the size large. Notice the measurement? 21 & 1/4 inches.

Now check out the measurement of my cardi. Just over 27 inches.
*take calming deep breaths*
*think happy thoughts*
*count to 10*
*its not so bad*
I'm a big girl, but I'm not that big!

The cardi is has been sent to the corner and is in time out. Its got to be ripped out, but its definitely not happening this week.
Know what I have to say about this experience?
Gauge Schmauge!


Kristina P. said...

This is all Greek to me, but it sounds super frustrating!

Mimi said...

You make it sound so funny (and I love your sense of humor)...but I know how frustrating it is. I believe in always making a gauge swatch for wearables - but as your example showed, its not fool-proof...

Bezzie said...

Look on the brightside--at least you realized it NOW as opposed to when it was all done!

Andrea Moberly said...

yeah, gauge is definitely over-rated. Sorry :(

Laura said...

Awww, that's such a cute pattern - it's too bad it didn't work out! I despise gauge swatches. When I want to make something, I want to just jump right in, and get started, not bother with gauge swatches. Probably why I've never really attempted any wearables except for hats and scarves!

Snap said...

LOL! I hear you and agree! Measurements are much more reliable (you found out the hard way). Cute pattern. It will get done.

kado! said...


i guess you could make it a "wrap-cardi" and just wrap it around and around and around you.... ;)

T. Joi said...

Hated it!!! I'm glad you tried the pattern first. It's on the list of to-dos. When working on patterns now, I keep telling myself "trust the pattern". Yup, that's my new rule. Rip it and start again. Try, try, try again.

Lesalicious said...

I hate following patterns uggggg. Wishing you the best of luck. Its a lot of practicing but, I get tired of the gauge grrrr