it’s very loose and floppy and I don’t need to undo the buttons to slip it over my head.
Why is that? Is it because I’ve used a cotton yarn instead of wool? I would much rather use wool as it always knits up so beautifully, but I know I won’t wear it because of the itch factor. I used the recommended size 4 mm needles, although admittedly I didn’t do a tension swatch, tsk, but decided to dive straight in and kit up the small/medium size. The pattern calls for worsted weight which I assume is double knit weight, which this King Cole yarn is (I get easily confused over weights what that transfers into, ie DK etc). The pattern is available on Ravelry here so you can see how it’s supposed to look.
After it’s first wear earlier today, it seems to have stretched wider across the top band of rib. My knitting is usually tight rather than loose, but the rib seems to be very loose to me. I’ve been using youtube tutorials from Very Pink Knits and found this film about tension on the website which I hope will help.
I must say I really like the waffle pattern, I’m just disappointed with the outcome. Can you help dear readers with this one? Should I unravel and reknit on smaller needles, concentrating on tension whilst doing so, or should I undo the top band of rib and knit up on smaller needles in an attempt to bring the top edge in a little tighter.
On a brighter note, Daisy had a visit to the dog parlour last week and although it’s turned cold and snowy, she doesn’t seem to be too bothered about the loss of her shaggy outer coat. This is where she spends a lot of her time, when not stretched out in front of the woodburner
snuggled up on her blue fleece blanket across the back of the sofa! I just love how sweet and cute she looks against the blue.
I’m going to spend some time now on my needlepoint panel which is destined to become a cushion some day.
Jane & Daisy xx