We all have them. In real life, in business life, in school life, so why would knitting life be any different. My biggest pet peeve? Haven’t really ranked them, but the one that is peeving me right now is yarn classification. Besides the fact there is no universal code, yes, there is now some number thing going on, but not every company adheres to it. Between American, European, and who knows what other countries, we have a plethora of ways to class yarn weights. Thankfully there are guides that try to explain and compare between measuring systems. But that’s not really what I am talking about.
I am peeved that what one company determines is a sport weight to be knit on a size 5US, another company deems a similar yarn to be a DK to be knit on a size 6. Now, really? The fact that Sirdar suggests a size 6 for their DK weight yarn escapes me. The fabric it produces, for me, is so sloppy. I probably prefer my knit fabric to be a bit more dense than others, but the difference to me is a gapping hole.
I just finished a hat with stranding that is made from Brown Sheep nature Spun Sport. They suggest a US5. I used a US4 and even that was too loose. Sure, I got a lightweight fabric, not too heavy for baby’s head. But then a gentle breeze will blow right through it. And the puckers this mismatch of weight and needle produces is yuck. I am used to stranding needing a little blocking to straighten out. For this fabric there was no way a little blocking would do the trick.
I know everyone’s gauge is different, but I am not talking about getting the gauge suggested. I am talking about the suggested gauge being a very loose gauge. For example, Noro Silk Garden is suggested 18-20 sts on a US7-8. I made a sweater with the yarn and the suggested needle size of a US9, to achieve the gauge needed. The silk content and loose gauge ended up lengthening the sleeves so much I had to rip back and refinish them. And then they grew again! I don’t even think a US7-8 is small enough for this yarn. I know it’s thick/thin, but it’s really not all that thick.
I guess my question is, how do they determine these gauges? Is there some knitter who takes the yarn and uses different needles and then says, here’s the gauge. Do they crank out fabric with a knitting machine? Is it solely based on the WPI? It can’t be the thinness of the fiber. Mohair anyone? Core fiber thin as lace weight, but the fluff demands a larger needle.
The nice thing is, I can accommodate and change up the needles and gauge and still get the sizing I want with math. But it’s so frustrating to already go down a needle size as a rule and then not even have that work. Again, I am not talking being unable to match gauge, I am saying their suggested gauge seems off to me.
Am I the only one who has this issue?
In unrelated news, Happy Birthday to Hubster!!! He’s just a young chick, I have to subtract 6 from my age to remember how old he is. Yes, I’m such a cougar! NOT.