There she lies, drying out after been washed and blocked. Pretty, yes -- but I intended it for me and it's six inches too big around!
How did this happen? I've been knitting for years. Was the gauge off? Well...perhaps. I wasn't using the yarn called for in the pattern but, I thought, something simlarly luxurious. The piece is knit in the round on a circular needle. When you divide for the front shaping, you go back and forth for each section, leaving the rest on the needle till you're ready for it.
- On the ball band, it reads: "22 sts = 10 cm (4") on 4 mm (US 6) needles. That's 5.5 stitches per inch.
- In the pattern it reads: "24 sts and 26 rows = 4" on the needles called for -- 4.5 mm or US 7. In other words, 6 stitches per inch -- just a tad finer.
- Using a 4.5 mm circular needle, I managed to get 5.25 stitches to the inch.
- I selected my size and then reduced the number of stitches very slightly across the back, because my real bust measurement lay half-way between two sizes.
Hmmph. It's still damp, so I won't be able to fiddle with it for a while, but I'm thinking seriously of taking it in 3" on each side by sewing a seam down each side at the desired width, trimming away the excess and finishing the edges to prevent ravelling.
Before I do so, I'll make sure I have a stiff drink!
What do you think?