Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Crying out for Cria...



During my absence, every now and again I have been picking up my Cria and knitted a few rows. Mostly it was during my lunch when I found a beautiful and peaceful place to knit - a local library.

Cria grew bigger and bigger, and one day (I know, way too late...!) I decided to try it on. Sadly, it's 2 sizes too big. Huge disappointment, as I was trying to keep the gauge in check, using smaller size needles and knitting tightly.

It is really cute but I'm struggling with ideas how to make it smaller?

This is yet another garment that turned out way too big for me, so for the time being I think I should stick to shawls and other accessories.


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  1. What a shame as it looks lovely! Could you wear it as a baggy cardigan?

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  2. aww that's a shame, is there no-one you could give it to? it's so pretty xxxx

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  3. The trouble with "trying to knit tightly" is that sometimes you forget. It is impossible for you to change your knitting style for a whole garment. This is why LARGE swatches are the way to go. If you have to go down two needle sizes that's what you have to do. That or change the yarn. It's the only way to get the right sized garment. I'm sorry that you haven't got the garment the right size, as it is beautiful. Can you bear to rip it back?

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    1. You're right! As much as I tried to concentrate, I'm sure that my usual knitting style took over when I wasn't paying attention :)
      I think I will rip it back, I love the yarn and it's only halfway done so it's not such a big regret to start over.

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  4. awww that sucks as the garment looks real pretty. I had the problem the other way around the other day, even though my gauge swatch was as it should be the garment wound up to be way too small.
    I guess you may have to frog it and start again - or maybe you can carry on and give it as a present to someone you know? That would be the first Christmas present done :)

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  5. Garments tend to get too big for me too. I've knitted two tops so far - one was waaaaay too big, so I ended up giving it to my sister as a maternity blouse. The other is only a tiny bit too big, and I haven't washed it yet, so I'm hoping I might be able to do something with that.

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  6. What a horrible thing to happen. The yarn is gorgeous, I hope you can find a way to fix it :)

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  7. That's gutting. I have those kinds of disasters too. I think Stitch Together is giving good advice.

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  8. any chance you knitted this with wool???? you could gently felt it to size....of course, if this doesn't work, you now can't frog it, but it looks lovely, and I think would "shrink" to size.

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    1. I'ts 50/50 wool and acrylic mix - I may knit a swatch and try to felt it to see if your method will work - thank you for the idea x

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  9. First of all, I'm sorry this happened! I hate when, after hours of work, you realize something just isn't right. As for making it smaller, there are a few things you can do. If it is too wide, check out Techknitter's article, "My sweater is too wide." She also has one for "My sweater slips off my shoulders" if that is your problem.
    However, since it is not done yet, I think I would suggest just take a gauge measurement from this knitted piece (Your HUUUGE swatch) and see if you can't knit a smaller pattern size and get your size from it. Does that make sense?
    For Cria you need 6 stitches per inch but let's say you're getting 5 stitches per inch instead. Say you want the 34" size: you would need 204 stitches at the BUST if you were getting gauge. But since you are getting 5 stitches per inch instead, 170 stitches is the amount you need for 34" around. The 28" pattern size calls for 168 stitches at the bust- that would probably work for you at your revised gauge.
    However, this method only works if you are enjoying the fabric you're getting. Also, if you were trying for the 28" or 32" size to begin with, I don't think you can get down to the size you need using the pattern and would have to try to get Ysolda's gauge.

    And worst case scenario, if you just CAN'T get gauge with this yarn, treat this as your swatch for something else and do a Ravelry search with your gauge as a search criteria.

    Don't give up on garments! I mean, you can if you think they're boring to knit but don't let a bad experience deter you ♥

    P.S.
    did you block your swatch? If this is wool, it could still grow even larger after it hits water. Keep that in mind, especially if you decide to use the partial garment as a swatch. Water can do crazy things.
    Also the gently felting idea is valid, although felting is not easy to control....

    GOOD LUCK!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time to write such a long reply! Your explanation is really good, I never thought of it this way - I will measure my gauge and check which size I should be knitting. Perhaps I should try a different yarn too as mine is a real DK while the pattern recommends sport/light DK.

      I think my next garment will be a vest - at least I can make it a bit smaller so it stretches out nicely!

      Thank you x

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  10. Oh dear. I'm so sorry. This happens to me too, and then I throw the garment in time out and knit a dishcloth or something.

    I think the only solution may be what's already be suggested. Measure the actual gauge you've got there, rip it out and start again smaller :(

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  11. OOOH I feel your pain, that has happened way too many times for my liking!

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  12. This is a pity! I love the cardi, too. But, as much as it hurts, I'd also get the new gauge (after washing!) from the sweater, frogg it, wash the yarn and start over again. (Washing the yarn again, best also the other unused skeins, helps getting out the bumps the yarn still has from being knit and is important to keep your gauge!)
    You can make this work!

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