I should know better.
I don’t have much luck with projects with mega chunky yarn.
So why, Oh why readers, when I was struggling to find my knitting mojo with Catrin, did I decide to splurge on 10 balls of Rowan Big wool to make this huge snuggle-fest of a jumper?
It’s Ronnie from the Kim Hargreaves book, Precious.
I suppose I thought it would be a quick, easy, rewarding project….
I cast on on 12mm needles as decreed by the pattern and knit for a whopping 42cm.
Hmmm …It didn’t look wide enough…
A check of my gauge and the learned opinions of my knitting buddies was that I was way too tight – the garment would end up around 8cm too small for me.
Bigger needles were needed. Unfortunately, the next size from 12mm is 15mm a huge jump. Why don’t they make 13mm needles?? 🙄 Anybody know where I could get some?
I bravely cast on and finished the back. My gauge was OK width wise but my stitches were too long…hmmm…that proved to be something of a problem with the raglan shaping which was written for a set number of row, not length.
As you can see the armholes would start somewhere around my hips!
The stitches seem too loose too – it was sagging quite a bit because it was so loose. This garment would be quite heavy and sag badly if left this loose.
A this point a Big Wool bonfire was being contemplated and my knitting mojo had packed it’s bags and emigrated 👿
I have 4 choices with this garment:
- Abandon it and burn/reuse the expensive yarn on a different project
- Continue in the vain hope it will all turn out OK (not bloody likely)
- Start a third time on the original needle size but knit a bigger size to allow for my gauge issues with big wool (and possibly have to buy more yarn)
- Continue in the original size and original needles, cross my fingers (which won’t help my gauge either) then block the hell out of it when it’s too small.
I’m tending towards option 3 – knit a bigger size. I liked the density of the fabric the original needles created way better than the too loose on 15mm.
I really, really need a successful, fun project to kick start my knitting mojo or I’m gonna need a new hobby 😯
Next time I’m tempted to knit something on broom sticks – someone slap me – please!