lkwcross wrote:Kaleigh wrote:lkwcross wrote:My first square (yes, I finished my first square, YEAH!) is measuring about 10" x 10". Will I run out of yarn with keeping my squares this size? Or do I need to start over with a smaller needle. I like BIG afghans. LOL
There's a definite possibility you'll run out of yarn, because your bigger square uses up more yarn than one that's 9.5"x9.5". I suggest you start over (I know, I know!) and maybe do a gauge swatch first with a pair of needles one size down, to see what that would get you.
Thank you, but I did do a gauge swatch on the 8 needle and everything measured correctly, so I continued on with that needle. Anything else to suggest - maybe stopping at 53 or 51 stitches?
mendiolabc wrote:I ran into the same problem. I did a gauge swatch on size 8 needles and my square ended up at about 11" !! It definitely looks like I went from knitting pretty tightly at the beginning, to not so much about 15 rows in. Probably because it was getting so late. Would I be better to go ahead and buy an extra skein of each color to accommodate how much larger my knitting is? I'm worried that if I go ahead and not use the first one I made, I'll run out of yarn anyway since I knit such a big square that I won't be using.
I would recommend printing out the blocking template (be sure you set your printer settings to print "actual size"), and as you knit, check it against the template. When your square reaches the largest part of the template, count your stitches, to see how many there are. Write it down for reference, and then change colors and start your decreasing.
When you make your next square, check it as you go again.....just to be sure. Count your stitches again when you reach the largest part of the square. Compare that number to the amount you got last time. Hopefully, it will be the same. If not, maybe your gauge is not consistent.
Consistent gauge comes with time and practice.