I’ve been working on the ballet camisole from MagKnits. I swatched several times (in the round) to try to get gauge (5.5 st/in), went down three needle sizes and still was only getting 5 st/in. Finally, I said “ENOUGH!” and just started knitting with size 3 needles, knowing that my gauge with those needles was still too large. I cast on for the smallest size to compensate for that; normally I would have made the next size up.
Of course, now that I’m nearly done with the waist decreases, it’s blindingly obvious that my gauge is off in the other direction. I’m getting 6 st/in. Grrrr.
I’ve put the stitches on waste yarn a couple of times, and it seems to fit okay, but maybe that’s just because the yarn is so stretchy? I don’t want to rip it all out, because, well, I’m lazy. And slow. My bigger fear, I guess, is that it will only be obviously ill-fitting much later.
Another complication is that the bust is supposed to have 2 inches of negative ease, but does that mean the rest of it should, also? I’m not even sure what measurements I should be aiming for here.
If I were to frog and start again, I still don’t know what size needles to use. I’m clearly not doing good in-the-round gauge swatches, so it would still be a guess.
I’m considering trying to do some version of switching to larger needles mid-project and adjusting the decreases, but even typing that makes me nervous…
I need to frog, don’t I? (Sigh. Please say no.)