Getting ready for winter knitting and pulled out my husband’s fisherman’s sweater which has been put away for quite a while. The sweater body is coming out a lot smaller than my gauge swatches led me to believe. I knit all the different patterns separately when swatching so it’s possible they were off. I had Marc try it on and it is very tight all around yet I calculated it for 4″ of ease! I also should be starting the armholes but I still have a couple of inches before I get there. This really bites.
Marc says he doesn’t care, but I don’t want him wearing something that looks like crap. To be sure I don’t mess it up again I gave it a soak and hung it outside to dry. Now I am measuring 15 inches across all the cable patterns and my seed st on the edge is 3 1/8″ for 10sts. So there you have it. The world’s largest swatch!
PS Learn from my mistake and don’t try to save yarn when swatching. You really need to repeat the pattern a couple of times in each direction to get a correct gauge. Lesson learned.