Last night and the night before, I knitted after supper. I have eight repeats of the lace, each repeat is four rows. So four hours of knitting got me 32 rows.
167 times 32 is 5,344 stitches! If only I could knit while walking on the treadmill... lol! JUST JOKING!
I also checked the gauge -- so I needed fewer stitches. Before I had 200+ on the needles, and I'm down to 167. Before I ripped the measurement was about four inches bigger than I really needed. It would have been like a swing coat!
When you have stitches all scrunched up on the needles, the garment looks only as big as the needles you're using, so for example I was using a 40 inch circular needle, and the stitches got bunched up in the center as I pushed them around to knit. But once I spread out the front and measured it, it was way too big. I don't like tight clothes but it was ridiculous. The lace looks nicer when it's spread a little. Too much fabric hides the pattern. Besides I will use less yarn this way.
Moral of the story, check your gauge. I know, it seems such a useless process sometimes, like prewashing fabric.
Speaking of which, I have all my prewashed fabric lengths ready for cutting out some pants for myself this weekend. After church quilt guild, and the youth auction, so maybe Sunday afternoon.
Fingers crossed. I am getting tired of nothing but black pants and navy blue pants.
Sew -- knit on!