Gauge Gripes

Do you ever get halfway through a project and start questioning everything.  Why did I pick this yarn? Did I really need to make the extra-large version?  Why is there just so much stockinette stitch?  And was the pattern designer a little bit of a sadist?

I’m halfway through a pattern like this.  (OK, full confession, I’m barely a third of the way through, but I like to dream.)

It’s a top-down sweater knit on US3s with fingering-weight wool.  The shoulders were fun, with lots of color-work, but the rest of the sweater is acres of stockinette.  IMG_1311It’s going to be lovely when it’s done, but man, I gotta wonder about the sanity of the designer.  Who designs a men’s sweater on 3’s and 2’s? I’m currently working on the body, and each row has almost 300 sts.  It’s not even that big of a sweater.

Oh… wait… It’s my sweater.  I designed it…  whoops.

I just hope it turns out OK, because my fingers are going a little numb from all the thousands of tiny stitches.

(Keep your eye out for this pattern some time next fall.  In the meantime, I’ll be plodding away through this tiny tiny gauge, and dreaming of worsted weight yarn…)

When’s the last time you over-estimated your enthusiasm for a pattern?

1 thought on “Gauge Gripes

  1. Sue H-m

    Lol! You crack me up! “Whoops! I’M the designer!”
    I once started a pair of socks for a friend. It was my first attempt at socks and This friend was a guy, which meant BIG socks on tiny needles. Gave up halfway thru the instep of the first one. TOO MUCH ENDLESS TEENY STITCHES.
    Will attempt socks for me at some point, and have done baby socks because BABY SIZE and bigger yarn.
    Excuse me while I go knit something thick and quick, lol!

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