Am I crazy?
I swatched for the Gedifra cabled sweater and my gauge is a little smaller than what the pattern calls for. But I don’t want to go up another needle size because I really like the way the Rowan Cashsoft DK knits up on size 4’s. However, the pattern only offers sizes 32″/34″ and 36″/38″ and since I’m smack in between those two sizes, I figured I’d knit the larger size, knowing that it would come out a bit smaller. And I’m knitting the body in the round because the front and back pieces are exactly the same. I cast on, and after a couple of rounds I noticed that I had a lot of excess fabric bunched onto the needles, even though I was using 32″ circulars. So I took the knitting off the needles and it was HUGE. It was only after all this time and knitting that I decided to take a good, hard look at the pattern, because that’s how I roll.
The gauge for this pattern is 5.25 st per 1″. And for a size 32″/34″ it tells you to cast on 120 st., which will wind up being the number of stitches across the chest, as well. Is my calculator (or my brain) broken or does that come out to a whole heck of a lotta stitches?? That will knit up to almost a 46″ chest, won’t it? Wouldn’t one need 84 stitches on both the front and back pieces to knit a 32″ chest? Are the cables going to pull in the sweater that much?
It entirely possible that I’ve overlooked something. (I do begin most of my knitting projects by panicking.) But if my math is correct, how do I fix this problem? I don’t want to have to rework the entire pattern, because the sleeves are bound to be a major pain in the neck. I was thinking…what if I just knit this thing top-down? Would I knit the cable chart upside down? Upside down and backwards? Or should I knit bottom-up and…isn’t there a way to knit the raglan sleeves and top portion of the sweater simultaneously?
It’s past my bedtime. Someone please set me straight.