Tempting the knitting gods.

30 Apr

We’ve all done it of course… switched needle sizes halfway through a project, thinking “it’ll be like extra shaping!” Decided to substitute an aran tweed in a pattern calling for sportweight silk. Said “Oh, I don’t need to swatch… I made a sweater with this yarn 3 years ago, gauge doesn’t change!”

In my case, I said “So yeah, I’ve made 3 Norah Gaughan designs before and they have all been cursed… but Manon will be different!” So I happily knit on, making triangles and oohing over the interesting peplum construction. Last night I finally finished the peplum and thought “Hmm… maybe I should try this on.”

“Shouldn’t these pieces just meet in the middle? It looks a little big. Oh well, nothing a good blocking can’t fix, right?”


Because of the way this is constructed there is not way to fix this without starting over.  I know I could pick up fewer stitches on the top, but it isn’t going to be enough to compensate for the six extra inches of peplum I’ve got going on.  I knew, of course, that my gauge in pattern is usually wildly different from my gauge in stockinette.  I’ve learned that lesson over an over, and yet somehow I thought that on this patttern they would match up perfectly.

So… froggity frog frog frog.  I’ll knit on Tuscany and think about what I want my next sweater project to be… hopefully it will be less ill-fated!

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15 Responses to “Tempting the knitting gods.”

  1. robin April 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    That is so funny about the Norah Gaughan designs – I was just saying that I might as well sell my copy of Knitting Nature as her designs just do not work for me.

  2. Heather April 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    Oh my. Maybe you could add a few more triangles and ribbing and call it a stole?

  3. winnie April 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    Ooh, that really bites. I saw your post yesterday and loved the Manon in the Rowan too. Sucks it didn’t work out though. I feel your pain.

  4. soknitpicky April 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    oo-u-c-h! I feel your pain. So sorry it didn’t work out

  5. orata April 30, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    Oh no! Maybe you could call it a design feature, and do the top like a surplice instead of having the pieces meet in the middle.

  6. Lesley April 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    Aw bummer! That’s too bad.

  7. Emily April 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    Oh that’s a shame! it was looking so beautiful too! I know how that goes though.

  8. Sasha April 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    Oh noo! Don’t give up on the pattern! It’s so gorgeous and your knits turn out so well! Have a break from it and come back later – at least now you know your gauge for the pattern!

  9. Annie April 30, 2008 at 6:42 pm #

    yeah, I feel your pain … I knit Currer and was actually on gauge, but I should have knit it with more negative ease. It’s too big, especially right at the point where the peplum is attached (see raireknits on ravelry) … I need to post picture of me wearing it because you can’t necessarily tell when it’s on my dressform, but it’s too big and very “swingy” … if I make her stuff again, I will definitely size down.

  10. terri April 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    Sigh, and it was knit so beautifully….

  11. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) May 1, 2008 at 12:34 am #

    Oh, arrgh!

    That is just…way big. No fixing it. Do you know anyone who’s six inches bigger than you who will be needing a really special gift anytime soon?

  12. mick May 1, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    Bummer! Maybe you’ll try it again some day when you’ve gotten over the pain of frogging.

  13. Raina May 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    OK, well that sucks…I know that mantra, it’s total denial…we know what the truth is but we refuse to accept it.

  14. CanarySanctuary May 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm #

    Ohhh, I’m sorry that happened to you! I know the pain, for it is tres fresh in my mind.
    Glad you can reclaim the yarn.
    You’re also stronger than I – it may take me a while before I dive into a Gaughan pattern (no matter how tempting!).


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