My gauge always seems to loosen, anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 spi (a lot!), when I knit a garment vs knitting a swatch, even a large swatch. This is probably partly because I tend to knit while walking (and then the weight of the knitted material hangs down, but I think partly I'm just too loose. I often use two sizes down from the needle specified, and still —
Well, so I finished Leland, but he's 48" rather than 44". Here he is pre-blocking and pre-buttons:
It's still wearable, but it isn't the tailored office sweater I'd imagined.
Blocking this was interesting. I washed it, because, as noted previously, there was kind of waxy coating on the yarn that made it stiff and scratchy. Is this spinning oil? Does anyone know? Because sometimes Webs sells cones "still in spinning oil". It felt more like wax than oil, but what do I know? All I can tell you is I did five, FIVE washes in Eucalan, and the first three turned the water an absolutely opaque brown.
(The last two were just kind of tea-colored.)
Anyway, it's softer now, but not quite dry (I finished the sweater on Saturday), so you'll get more pictures tomorrow or Weds. Pattern: Sienna from IK, US #7 Boye circs, Brora Softspun in color #9079 (closeout from Webs).
Thanks to April's inspiration, I went back to my Streaming Leaves scarf after I finished Leland. I figured out where I had been stuck (just thought I was on line 44 when I was actually on line 42 — not a huge deal in the end!), and finished another 1.5 repeats of the pattern. 2 to go!
Hmm. Notice my gauge has loosened up as I restarted? Argh! MUST GET MORE TENSE!!!