I've gotten about 3.5 inches up the back of the DROPS jacket.
Looks good, doesn't it? (I swear that red is more subtle in real life.)
Except...well, remember how I swatched this on size 11 needles and got 12 stitches in 4 inches? The specified gauge is 11 stitches in 4 inches, so I went down to size 10.5 when I cast on, vowing to myself that I'd check my gauge often, once I got past the evil influence of those garter rows and ribbing at the cast-on.
I checked. I'm getting 14 stitches in 4 inches. Wrong. The jacket back should be 30 inches across at the bottom; that...thing on my needles is 24 inches across.
Shortly, that...thing will not exist.
Why didn't you all tell me I was wrong choosing smaller needles? I need larger needles!
goes off to rummage through the needle stash, mumbling to herself waaaay more than usual