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Another Frogging Adveture: Hey Teach Edition

Friday night I washed and blocked Hey Teach.

Hey Teach Blocking
hey Teach, Blocking

After I laid it out, I measured it because it looked way too big. The back piece measured 27 inches and each front measured 14 inches. Uh-oh. That’s 55 inches once it’s sewn together, without the button band! The size I knit was supposed to be the 46.75 inch size. See the problem here? Yeah… me too. Once the 1 inch button band is added, that’s a total of 56 inches around which makes it 9.25 inches bigger then the size it should be. I tried not to panic. I told myself “Oh it will shrink when it dries, I should wait and measure it then!” So, I waited, trying not to panic.

Saturday I checked it again. It was really close to being dry. The size hadn’t changed. I checked the gauge and found that I had 3.5 stitches and 5 rows per inch. I pulled out the pattern and found that I should have 4.25 stitches and 6 rows per inch. Uh-oh. I thought about my options here. Washing and drying wouldn’t work to shrink 9 inches away, so I knew that there was only one option: FROG. I was upset and wanted to cry. I thought about what I could have done differently and why my gauge could have changed so much when I washed it. That’s when it hit me: I didn’t wash and block the gauge swatch! I knit a small gauge swatch, saw that I was getting 4.25 stitches and 6 rows per inch on US 8’s, frogged the swatch and started the sweater. I checked gauge again on the sweater to find it was the same, so I just kept knitting. I was impatient and wanted to get the sweater started rather then wait around for a swatch to dry.

I noticed recently that my gauge didn’t differ from the pre-washed swatch to the post-washed swatch, so I thought I could get away with not washing the swatch and going with the pre-washed gauge. I know this may be a shock to you, but not all yarns behave the same after washing! I know, weird isn’t it? Hahahahaa 🙂 Really, though, I know this. All yarns are different and change in different ways when washed, so I think that my impatience convinced me that my gauge doesn’t change when washed and I should just go for it. Here’s the results of my “just going for it”:

164/365: Hey Teach is Too Big
Each front piece wraps almost all the way across me

A better idea of what one side looks like and how far across it goes

I knit another gauge swatch on a few different size needles, washed and blocked it and found that I should have used US 7’s. Last night, I frogged the entire sweater, so it now looks like this:

165/365: Hey Teach Begins Again
Hey Teach, frogged

I’ll start again soon, on US 7’s and hopefully I won’t be frogging this again! 🙂


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

8 thoughts on “Another Frogging Adveture: Hey Teach Edition

  1. OH! Sweet pea! I’m hugging you right now. I’m not using the Cascade, but this does not appear to be boding well for me either (of the swatchless, washless variety). At least it was a fast knit, right?

  2. Oh, you poor thing! This is my first time reading your blog, but I nearly cried when I saw that you’d had to frog that entire beautiful sweater! The good news is you’ll be able to do it again even faster, and I know it will look beautiful when it’s done. But that was very brave of you, to frog the whole thing!

  3. Having been in this situation before I know what you’re feeling. It’s a good lesson on swatching though!

  4. Oh dear, how sad! But it looks so great, so I really hope you will find the strength to start all over again. It will be wonderful on you!

    Take good care!

  5. I’ve been knitting consistently for over 40 years and have never washed a swatch. But this is a lesson for me, too, with all the new yarns and fibers and production processes, I’ll have to learn to do this. I’d rather rip it out than have something I don’t like; If need be, I’ll rip it out immediately and re-start like you did, then you have boo-boo followed by success. Even tho I don’t mind ripping, I feel for you. I’m glad you’re not daunted by this.

  6. I had to frog mine too- I was looking at a whole foot wider than I was supposed to be making, and I DID wash and block a swatch beforehand! Grr!

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