This has not been a week with a lot to show for itself, other than of course a child who is well on the way back to normal thanks to the wonders of penicillin. Babette has been stretching me. I did two 6-round squares, 6 2-round squares and joined them all together. Not a lot of area, but over 50 ends to sew in. FIFTY! I’m going to start stockpiling those little blighters, as doing 2 or 3 at a time and sewing in the ends has to be better for my mental health than doing 6 in one go again. I am now completely cured of any desire to make anything else involving joining a zillion little pieces.
I decided that the time was right to start the adorable Big Sister dress for Small Girl, but am struggling to get beyond the gauge swatch (Rav link and non-Rav link). The pattern calls for a sport-weight yarn, with gauge of 24 stitches and 37 rounds to 10cm on 3.5mm needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. I can’t buy such a yarn locally. So I have a 4ply weight blend that needs size 4 needles to get 25 stitches (the label says 28 stitches per 10cm with 2.5-3mm needles), and that doesn’t feel right. The row tension is fine though. So I’m going to try a fine dk, that says on the label 22stitches and and 28 rows to 10cm with 4mm needles. I’m hoping that 3.5mm or thereabouts will get me to 24 stitches and a few more rows than 22. Hopefully this won’t result in a dress down to Small Girl’s ankles that she can climb into through the armholes. Plan B is to skip the dress altogether and do the matching cardigan in the original yarn, but one size up. As the cardigan is button-up rather than over the head that shouldn’t cause any problems. Any wisdom from those who have been here would be much appreciated, thank you!
Sigh. What have your challenges opportunities for learning been this week?
a sneaky post-publish edit – I can’t get the gauge to work with the King Cole either. 😦 I don’t think this dress wants to be made in any yarn that I have at the moment. It’s a sign to crack on with eleventy-zillion tiny Babette squares.