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...
59% Rayon, 41% Wool
1.75 oz / 50 g
100 yds / 92 m
5 sts = 1"
20 sts & 28 rows = 4" (10cm)
8 (US) / 5 mm
100 % Acrylic
348 yds / 320 m
21 sts & 29 rows = 4" (10cm)
6 (US) / 4 mm
So what the heck am I doing wrong? (I am off to remeasure my swatch).