The little Bolero pattern calls for aran weight yarn, knit on size 8 needles. 18 sts and 24 rows giving a 4inch square. So, I started off with size 8 needles....and as you can see the swatch to the left looks a little loose and big. It measured out the 4 inches in length, but it was a bit bigger in width. Did I pay attention to that swatch.......NOOOOOOO.............
As you can see, the knitting to the left was working up quite loose and floppy, so what did I do, I knit another swatch going down a needle size. I didn't rip out the first attempt at the sweater, just in case I was right the first time, but I don't have to tell you that I was wrong, wrong, wrong. When will I ever learn??
This little sweater is knit all in one piece. Each 40 stitch sleeve is cast on in increments of 10 stitches. Easy, peasy, right? Merrily I am knitting along and as I am knitting, I am thinking to myself, Hmmm........this sleeve is looking short. How can this be? So I go back and look at the gauge swatches, even the smaller needled swatch is a hair bigger than it should be, so why oh why are my sleeves looking so short??
Duh..........instead of doing 40 stitches on each side, I did 40 stitches combined (20 and 20). How could I have made such a silly error? This week has been the week of knitting errors for sure. No good knitting Karma here......why? As I was reading Cassie's post this morning, the light bulb went off. Daylight savings is playing Tom Foolery with my mind. Too many cobwebs, I guess.
Finally, I think I may be on the right track this time.