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I Swear!

In knitting, stash busting on May 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Knitting does not love me anymore.
I feel like it’s retaliating against me, just for the mere fact that it has been temporarily been replaced by another source of relaxation;hot weather, lazy days, along with tank tops and short shorts!

My goal was to have a least the back of my top completed by now, but here I am…struggling to even get started! Ridiculous! I have casted on the Rowan coco shirt about 5 times already.  Each time I cast on and proceed with the pattern, I get no further than row 5. What gives? The yarn has become permanently crinkled and has lost some weft and all the strands that make up the ply have become undone. My yarn is about to collapse I think.  I want to make this top…I really do, but I feel like if I can’t get a good headway on this pattern, this project will be aborted and I’ll start my Trapezoid tee or Mix no. 15 or Layered Ruffle tank.

Have you ever encountered this sort of a problem?  How did you address it?

Lend me your mind

In knitting, stash busting on April 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I need help. You all are smart folks and I know you can do it. This is gauge related, yarn substitution related and about choosing a size based on those factors. I’m trying to stash bust and want to make a cute top.



I’m making “coco” from Rowan Studio using DK 52% cotton 48% acrylic blend (Filatura Lanarota Cool Cotton), which is not the yarn called for.

Please reference the above photo for the numbers I’m referring to. This is the math I did. Notice I haven’t put an annotation as to what follows the equal sign …that is to say, is that stitches or inches that I have calculated?

If I was using their gauge, I would probably be making the size 36″ bust (20) since my bust is 35.5″. Using my gauge, I would more than likely have to follow instructions for either the size 40″ bust (19.5) or 42″ bust (20.5) but I’m not sure which size to make.

Initially I was going to go with the size 42″ bust (20.5), because I figured it wasn’t too off from the original size 36″ bust (20), but then I got to thinking that this is cotton so it will stretch some. Then, I thought about it some more and think that maybe I need to go down to the size 40″ bust (19.5).

Based on these numbers, what size do you think I should make?
Thanks in advance for your help!