I’m knitting a surprise baby present for someone I know who doesn’t know I’m knitting this. Hence, the surprise part. Anyway, when it comes to garments, I love baby sized things because they knit up so fast and it’s a whole garment! So I thought I would knit Trellis again. It’s a highly engaging knit and I love the way it looks when it’s done. Also, it’s super duper über fast. And I’ve knit it before so I’m clearly an expert AND a professional when it comes to this sweater.
The last time I knit this sweater up, I did it in a cotton blend because that baby lives in the south. This time, the baby will live in northern climes which are much more suited to an actual wool sweater. So I got some Mission Falls 1824 Wool (100% Superwash Merino) which is also an aran weight yarn and what the pattern calls for. It also calls for US size 7 needles or whatever you need to get gauge. Gauge, schmage. I know what I’m doing! I used size 7 needles last time and the sweater came out perfectly! Nevermind that I used a completely different yarn.
I AM A PROFESSIONAL. I know what I’m doing.
Or, if you live in the South, HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS.
See this yarn? It is professional yarn. OK, it’s an aran weight yarn. Which is what the pattern calls for. Well, it actually calls for Rowan All Seasons Cotton yarn. According to Ravelry, Rowan All Seasons Cotton is an aran weight yarn. The pattern also calls for US size 7 needles. Which I used. And over the course of the last 5 days, 6 including today, I ended up with an almost completed back:
I’m knitting the 6 months size sweater. I, of course, did not bother with a gauge swatch because gauge swatches lie. And they take up precious knitting time. Unless you just jump right into knitting the garment. So let’s call this a gauge swatch. One that…well…does not compute. It looks a little big for a 6 months size sweater, doesn’t it? I thought so. I was about 9 rows from the neck shaping, but the back was looking a wee big large for a 6 month old. So I stopped and took a quick measurement.
Hmmm… according to the pattern your gauge should be 21 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in pattern. What I’m getting is more like 16 sts/26 rows = 4 inches in pattern. Whoops. Looks like my gauge is a little off. Or I’m knitting a baby garment for a 6 month old baby giant. You decide. Um, on second thought. Don’t. So I’m doing the smart thing. Finally. I’ve ripped back and started over on US size 5 needles and still knitting the 6 month old size sweater. According to my fuzzy math logic, this will totally work.