Denim yarn swatch results

I am probably going to drive you guys NUTS, and I'm sorry if I do.
I just did my very first gauge swatch. (Before I would just measure
carefully and wing it -- remember, I've never knitted from a pattern
before.) I am trying to cast on properly, and I was yelling at the
video "But I'm not getting one stitch cast on, I'm getting two!" and
similar other complaints for about 10 minutes before I got it right. LOL
The listed gauge is 20 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch and
I'm coming out at 20/27. That's pretty good, especially considering
this yarn is going to shrink after the first washing, right?
Now on to the main job. I am so excited.............
The directions say, "Because the selvedges will be visible, slip the
first stitch of each row purlwise throughout the pattern." (To sew up
the seams, you overlap one edge over the other and hand-sew it down, so
it's not an invisible seam.) What's the difference between slipping
purlwise and slipping knitwise, and how do I know I am doing it the
right way? Yes, I know what a knit stitch and a purl stitch is -- but
the "cuff" of these jeans is done in reverse stockinette stitch, and
then the body is done in regular stockinette stitch, so do I slip the
stitch in one direction for one and the other for the other?
I don't want to mess up these little jeans and make them look like, "Oh,
you made these yourself, didn't you..." so I would appreciate any words
of wisdom from those who have gone before.
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
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You will be one row shorter than the pattern measurement ( 1/4 inch) for each 7 knitted rows. Rowan denim will shrink in length about 20% the first time it is washed according to Rowan patterns written for this yarn The pattern as written allows for some shrinkage. Since your row gauge is off just knit to the measurements given in the pattern, recalcuating the number of rows between increase to compensate for the difference in row gauge
The following link has good instuctions on how to slip knit/purl wise
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are pictures to show what the edge is supposed to look like, once yousee the edge produced you will have a better understanding of the patterninstructions.DA
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DA
That's what I figured I would do. I figure a row longer or shorter if I round isn't going to be such a big deal, but having to recalculate how many stitches hither and yon could be.
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> > There are pictures to show what the edge is supposed to look like, once you> see the edge produced you will have a better understanding of the pattern> instructions.
THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU This is GREAT!
I have all my stitches cast on, now I'm all set to start this for the weekend.
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
You are welcome :) When you knit with Nashville (the darker color) the dye will rub off. I have a set of bamboo needles that are permanently stained from knitting a denim sweater several years ago.
Happy knitting, DA
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DA
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Since most of us here would probably be deemed nuts by 'ordinary' (i.e. boring people) there's no need to apologise. Drive away.
Mary
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Mary Fisher
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'AN' indigo dye? Do you mean woad or a similar natural dye? Or a modern substitute - the same as is used for modern denim?
Mary
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Mary Fisher
Sorry -- I gave you all the information I had -- that the reason it fades is because "it is dyed with an indigo dye, just like denim." I suppose if you wanted to know every last detail you could contact Rowan directly and ask.
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
In my case it's a *very* short drive, say about a 9 iron
But I know what you mean about the 'ordinary' boring people. Thank heavens I don't work with many of those. Heck, even my two cats are a bit on the whacked out side.
Bob
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