I started knitting at Christmas. I started with a scarf, of course. I knit a few, knit two hats: one that fit, one that didn't. I read lots of knitting books and web sites. I know about how important gauge is.
I was ready for my first "real" garment. I found a tank I liked at Yarnco. The pattern came with the yarn. It is ribbed (K1P1) on the bottom and st st on top, v-neck. I tried to get gauge. It took several tries, but I got it. Or so I thought.
After a few weeks of knitting (I am not very quick and don't have a lot of time) I started measuring to see if it was long enough to switch to st st. Ah, just another inch. Then I thought, I should really measure across, shouldn't I. Well, I did. And instead of being 18 in. it is 14. FOUR WHOLE INCHES too narrow!
I suppose I COULD rip it out. But if I do that, I know that I will never go back to it. I am not that crazy about the yarn. But it cost a lot of money, so I don't want to just forget about it.
I don't think I could complete it as is and give it to someone, because it would still be too small (although there is a lot of stretch to it).
Could I possibly salvage it by using this part for the back and making the front wider? Is that crazy? I know it would take a lot of math (ugh!) but is it a good idea?
Any other suggestions?