Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beatnik and Why Gauge Matters

I'm really proud of this one. It fits nicely (after some serious stretching and blocking). I wouldn't mind another Beatnik in a bright color with stockinette sleeves instead of moss stitch. I was pretty thorough in my note-taking, so if you want to read specifics go to my Ravelry page here.

I used a different weight yarn than called for, different sized needles and knit the smallest size. That was wrong of me.  I rarely knit a gauge swatch and when I do I kind of stretch it out and manipulate it to fit whatever it's supposed to be. Weird, I know. So here's a kind reminder to myself that I do not have a 32" bust and that I should always knit a gauge swatch. It's totes worth it.

My mantra. It almost caught up with me on this one. Phew!

Here are a couple of shoddy pictures of fabrics that I have in my stash. I don't really have a plan other than if I cut into something this fall it better be one of these fabrics or something teal.

Bizarre-o mish-mash of sparkly jersey, silk/linen coating and poly chiffon.

I was supposed to head south this weekend, but unexpected events are taking me north for a little while instead. I won't be able to sew, but I'll get a lot of knitting done. Like, Kaide better be finished. I'm sick of talking about it.


  1. Your Beatnik really turned out great! Did you alter the collar? It looks a little bit different... Also, how do you like the Berroco Peruvia?

  2. Thank-you very much! I'm really happy with it. I did alter the collar! I knit for just over two inches, instead of four, then folded it over. The whole time I was knitting I was cursing the Peruvia. It's single-stranded, kinda weak and makes my nose itch like crazy. Since it's been soaked, the itchiness has subsided. Aren't you supposed to use high-ply yarns for cables? Not single? I just had it on hand from years ago. I would use it again, but it's not my favorite.

  3. your beatnik sweater is beautiful! i am totally in awe of knitters... amazing!

  4. This sweater is lovely! If I knitted, I would make this!:)