Tina's Gretel
April 1, 2011
October 11, 2011

Tina's Gretel

Project info
Gretel by Julie Weisenberger
TopsSleeveless Top
Needles & yarn
Habu Textiles A-174 1/8.5 Cotton Gima
none left in stash
2.5 skeins = 662.5 yards (605.8 meters), 70 grams
Vogue Knitting Live
January 22, 2011

Some notes: I made a number of changes to the pattern, some on purpose and some by accident. At the bottom, I knit too loose, off-gauge. I realised around row 10 or so, that I should be knitting tighter, so I did. I lengthened the waist area, as I have very little shape and more length there than the original pattern calls for. For the top, where the cowl-neck begins, I ended up with too many stitches there, and I M1’d the first stitch incorrectly, which I only realised a few rows later. With no way to go back and fix it, without ripping out the whole thing, I left it, hoping the cowl would drape low enough over the hole to hide it. Unfortunately, the cowl itself is barely noticeable - I’ve no idea why. I added the number of stitches the pattern called for. In the end, I think I made the thing a size too small for the cowl to work, as my boobs seem to take up all the space that was made. I suppose that’s a good thing. I prefer tighter-fitting clothes anyway.

October 10th: FINALLY FINISHED KNITTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I have to weave in ends, wash, block and seam.

May 27th: Leaned on the new needle while sitting on the bed and snapped it in half. This project is fucking CURSED! FUCK!!!

May 25th: Bought wooden Knit Picks needles to travel with to London. Ended up losing a bunch of stitches and having to-knit almost half of what I’d accomplished thus far.

May 12th: Re-started the project and it’s actually much easier with size 6 needles. I also put it on my metal needles - screw flying! I don’t usually end up knitting much when I’m flying anyway. Almost back to where I realised the original issue.

May 10th: Just realised the wooden circular needle I was sold is a size SEVEN, not a SIX. Which means my entire progress so far is fucked, and I have to start over. Extremely irritating. GRRR!!!!! Now I need to start over. I feel sick. I don’t even want to look at my knitting anymore.

Knitted the swatch, washed it and dried it in the dryer. My gauge isn’t quite right - the stitches are about right, but the rows were too short. Easily fixable I’m sure by adding more. The stitches in this papery yarn are quite uneven, but I suspect there’s not much to be done about that - it’s too fine to spend much time fixing it. I also bound off far too tightly - will have to be careful of that when I’m finishing the top.

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by Habu Textiles
100% Cotton
265 yards / 28 grams

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  • Project created: April 26, 2011
  • Finished: October 18, 2011
  • Updated: May 8, 2022
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