I’m making a crochet jacket for my mom (that same one I keep changing patterns on)….and I changed my mind again in terms of patterns.
I decided this time for the DROPS Crochet jacket pattern. Now since these fine folk provide patterns in both U.K. notation and U.S./Canada notation they have the same pattern in two different links. I however, saw the U.K. flag and assumed “ENGLISH!” (to be fair, this is a site from Norway and I was just looking for my english translation)
Well the gauge for this little item is 23tr x 12 rows = 10 x 10 cm . I have no problems with the metric system, since I come from a land where we measure our gas in Liters, travel distances in miles, kilometers and/or hectometers, and milk comes in gallons and half liters. So I just started doing my U.S. tr stitch in which you yarn over twice prior to making the stitch.
Ten minutes into making my gauge I realized something had gone horribly, horribly gone…My gague swatch wasnt 1/6 of the way done and it was almost half the finish size already (length wise)
And that’s when I remembered: UK notation != US notation.
U.K treble (tr) stitch = U.S. double crochet (dc) stitch
So I went to the site once again and there it was, my familiar US notation.
Now I proceed to make my gauge again… 23 dc x 12 rows = 4″ x 4″
Update: Swatch complete! Looks like I’m running two rows and three stitches short….grah.