I’m good at math. I know it’s common for knitters to shy away from math, but really I don’t mind it. On occasion (and under the influence of an adult beverage or two) I have been seized by the need to understand a particular math problem and have gone and found the calculus textbooks and the graph paper and the calculator and spent a happy hour figuring it out. So I tend to take it rather personally when math lies to me.
That swatch-turned-mitt is 32 stitches and 8 inches around. I measured carefully. I can do that math.
32 stitches / 8 inches = 4 stitches per inch
Now, armed with that information, it should be quite simple to get to a 24 inch hat. I can do that math too.
24 inches * 4 stitches per inch = 96 stitches
So you can, perhaps, imagine my fury when my 96 stitch hat (on the exact same needles, with the same skein of yarn) was nowhere near 24 inches. I even took it off the needles and put it on a bit of waste yarn to make sure it wasn’t just looking small because it was squished up on the dpns. Nope. Not even close. And it’s not a matter of blocking, as the gauge didn’t actually change when I blocked it.
It has been set aside while my rage abates. I’ll take it up later, but for now it needs a time out.
Editing to add: Anyone have a Pittsburgh yarn store recommendation? I’m going to be there tomorrow and would love to swing by somewhere.