Thursday, March 08, 2007

it all makes sense in my head

here's my thoughts on the "capecho." god i hate that word. i've knit a modular norah gaughan pattern before, and if i've learned anything, it's that she incorporates a gigantinormous amount of ease into her patterns. so if i assume that the vogue shrug has gigantinormous ease going in, i won't expect it to automatically come out looking like the cute, tight-fitting sweater shown on the cover. Clothespins, anyone?

i was also highly suspicious when i realized that the pattern calls for over 1000 yards of worsted weight yarn. my other norah sweater was a DK weight. it covered my entire top half, and it took around 900 yards of yarn. even with the cabling, it shouldn't take *that* much yarn. at least i hope not, b/c i've only got about 700 yards or so.

so, i'm knitting the shrug with a dk weight alpaca/silk blend on #3 needles. i know from experience that this yarn will relax a great deal after washing. my gauge post-washing on #4s was too loose for my preference.

this is why i think i can make the shrug work. i'm also considering eliminating one of the foundation pentagons if necessary. i've made 4 pentagons now, and i will probably do what some others on the craftster kal have done and finish one half of the shrug with a sleeve so i can judge fit before knitting the whole thing.

new knitty came out and there's nothing i want to cast on immediately (thank goodness) but i may knit ester at some point. i also really liked the dyeing article. i've been wondering how to space-dye.

3 comments:

  1. Good luck with your capecho!(I hate the name too)
    I'm still trying to work it out.

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  2. let me know how it works out - I think that you're on the right track -

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  3. Hi, I'd love to hear the final outcome to this. Every blog I've read indicates this garment knitted to correct gauge is way too large.

    I'm also knitting in a double knit equivalent and I'd gone up a size to get gauge (before I read other blogs). Now it seems smaller needles might do the trick.

    I fear it's going to be a matter of trial and error. A pity there isn't a foolproof way of determining correct fit.

    Vicki (in Australia)

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