Monday, September 3, 2018

Gilet - First Steps

The knitting section for next year's competitions is a gilet for a woman. I found the pattern when I was looking for a pattern for a crochet top, so that was a bit of serendipity. It's in the March 2013 edition of Woman's Weekly Knitting and Crochet Special. The yarn is a cotton and silk blend. It shows off the different stitch patterns well, but has better drape than the pure cotton I used for pot holders.
I thought it was perfect for the pattern, since the label says 4 mm needles and the pattern calls for 4 mm needles. But my swatching showed me otherwise:
It soon became clear that the swatch with 4 mm needles was going to be too big, so I didn't complete the swatch. I knitted one with 3 mm needles. It was too dense and not quite big enough. I don't have 3.5 mm needles, but I had a look through my circular needles and found 3.75 mm. That swatch has the right width but measures 9 cm long where it should be 10 cm. Hmmm. I looked at the pattern carefully and decided I can add some extra rows of stocking stitch to make up the difference. I'm starting with the Right Front, because I think it'll be easier to match the the back to the fronts than vice versa. So far, so good, I've just got to remember to write down where I put the extra rows in,  so that I can match it on the Left Front. 


  1. Looks a lovely pattern, and I like the colour, look forward to seeing how it works out.

  2. Beautiful colour! Looking forward to see it take shape :-)

  3. Yes I agree with above statements and here we go with you on another knitting journey 😁

  4. I am sure it will be very beautiful when you are finished!!! :)