You may remember the last post, where I talked about my idea for the project and the reference book I was referring too. Today I thought I might talk a little bit more about my swatching.
I'm using King Cole's Bamboo Cotton (I will be reviewing this later), which as you can see was destined for a different sweater originally. When re-imagining this knit, I decided that I preferred not to have such a close fitting sweater, but instead a more loose every-day, throw-on piece... with probably an element of fit over the bust, just so I don't look like a sack!
With some negative ease (loose fit) I felt I could always take the option of wearing a long sleeve T-shirt underneath when it's cooler and avoid those 'I feel bloated' days... everyone has them right?! My bust being my widest part, I should get away with no waist shaping as long as I have some element of fit over the bust... the eye should draw to that and add an element of femininity to the look.
So I knit up a swatch on my desired needles and took my measurements using my Pony Knitting Calculator (I may review this at some point). I then washed and dried the swatch before remeasuring.
Why did I do this? Well I wanted to establish first of all what my post-knit gauge was and if this changed after blocking... if it did change drastically then it meant that I may have to recalculate my cast on and stitch dimensions... after all I will be wearing the garment post washing, not post knitting... maybe knitting stretches out the stitches??
I found that the rows shrunk after washing by 1.5 rows... so instead of having 15 rows per 2 inches (5cm), the length shrunk to 16.5 rows per 2 inches. That will mean that my finished garment will shrink 1.5 rows per 2 inches. So I will have to consider this issue and knit for longer than I think I need in both the body and the armhole.
Surprisingly the stitch count per 2 inches actually grew though by 0.5 stitches... again I will have to watch this with my neckline, bust and hem widths... I do not want any more negative ease than I plan for!
Next some number crunching...
Have a wonderful day... Sara x
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