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21.11.07

I recently purchased the book Positively Crochet, mainly because I fell in love with the sweater on the cover. I started it last night and am having an interesting problem.

I made a swatch and may gauge is spot on.

The instructions start... with g hook loosely chain (my number is 110) Single crochet back, = 109 sc. Then it states... This row should measure approx 231/2 inches. Mine measures 26 hmmm The next row is a shell dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc etc... There are supposed to be 18 shells... I have 19!

So what am I doing wrong??? This is maddening since for this sweater gauge is supposed to be real important.

The only thing that I can think of is that I am using a different yarn?? It calls for Berroco Softwist, Carron Simply Soft or Red Heart Soft. Pattern states that if you use Red Heart or Simply Soft you need to use a larger hook to get correct gauge (K). The yarn I chose to use is closer to a DK I think... it is called accord by Sierra Pacific Crafts.

O.K. so here is a side by side comparison of the yarns...

Berroco Softwist

Accord

FIBER:

59% Rayon, 41% Wool

HANK WEIGHT:

1.75 oz / 50 g

HANK LENGTH:

100 yds / 92 m

GAUGE:

5 sts = 1"

20 sts & 28 rows = 4" (10cm)

NEEDLE SIZE:

8 (US) / 5 mm

FIBER:

100 % Acrylic

HANK WEIGHT:

100 g

HANK LENGTH:

348 yds / 320 m

TENSION

21 sts & 29 rows = 4" (10cm)

NEEDLE SIZE:

6 (US) / 4 mm


So what the heck am I doing wrong? (I am off to remeasure my swatch).