I must pat myself on the back because I made----ta! da!----a gauge swatch. I normally don't make them because:
A. I don't want to.
B. The Yarn Harlot says that swatches lie.
So why bother? says I.
However, the sweater that I might make (still intimidated by the pattern) looks so complicated that I don't want to do all that work and have the sweater not come out the right size. So I made a gauge swatch, washed it and dried it, and it had better not lie!!! Or I will never, ever make another one. That will show it.
And while I am struggling to understand the sweater directions, I am also trying to learn how to read a crochet chart. Knitter/crocheter extraordinaire Lucille color coded the chart for me, and I still don't get it and that really frustrates me. There are only three easy stitches in this chart, but I just can't get the hang of it. The yarn is fine and I can't see the holes I am supposed to link (or whatever it's called) to and counting? OMYGAH! I can't count the things.
I have, in the past, sworn that I don't swear, but I swear, I soon might start!