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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

1 does not equal 2.5!

Welllll....this explains a lot! I kept thinking that these socks I was knitting from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks were turning out a tad smaller than expected. She calls for size ones, I'm using size ones - her gauge is 8st/inch over stockinette. I almost always have to go down a size to get gauge, so you'd think mine would turn out larger than normal using the suggested needle size. Of course, I didn't check gauge until after the second sock was finished. My gauge is 9st/inch.

Her size ones are 2.5 mm. My size one Brittany's are 2.25 mm. Mystery explained! Considering how many of her patterns are using a 2.5 mm needle, I guess I need to scare up a set.

Thank goodness I left a few extra stitches on the foot when I did the gusset and the lace pattern is fairly stretchy. Thank goodness even more that my mother-in-law has small feet!

I'll post a picture tomorrow - Blogger doesn't seem to want to upload photos today. I'll post more Fair Isle progress too! It grew a lot over the weekend.

On the Fair Isle front - I ordered a wooly board to block my precious Fair Isle (when I finally finish) but they were out of stock. Guess I'll go to my second choice and order again. Maybe I'll have it by the time I've finished my sweater.......


Blogger Marina said...

?? When did size 1 equal 2.5mm? Sometimes, I think it's easier when all the needle manufacturers & pattern designers just go metric.

7:19 PM  

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