I bought some unlabeled merino cashmere at the ACS shop last time I was in Wangaratta, with the thought of a vest for Leon. We picked Delius from Twist collective, a really attractive cabled vest. http://www.twistcollective.com/2011/fall/magazinepage_023.php The yarn is a heavy 8 ply, while the pattern is written for a ten ply. Which is fine, since I need to make it two inches smaller than the smallest size. The gauge is given for stocking stitch. I knit a gauge swatch and really liked the way the fabric looks:
But I really struggled to work out which size I should be making. So, I turned to maths. I worked out that my stocking stitch gauge is 85 percent of the pattern's stated stocking stitch gauge. I then worked out that the size I want to make is 85 percent of the SECOND smallest size. So that's what I've cast on.
This will only work out if the following things are true: the gauge percentage differences are the same in pattern as in stocking stitch, the gauge swatch doesn't lie and I did the maths right. Can you see why I'm feeling a little nervous about how this is going to work out?