Row gauge: why it's important when you want to knit a raglan sweater. Take a look. Take a good look and remember. Why? Because in a raglan sweater, your row gauge determines the width of your sleeves. It also determines the length of your scye (Is it a scye when you have a raglan sweater? Who knows. I mean the part of the body with the arm decreases). When your row gauge is off, bad things happen.
Of course, the fact that I'm a size 2 doesn't help. Because, believe it or not, my width is dead on. 25 inches wide, just as the pattern states.
My grandmother used to tell me stories of people in her village who were so poor, they only had one pair of pants. They'd take turns wearing them when one of them had to leave the house. Well, I've solved this problem! If we ever go completely broke, both I and my husband will be able to leave the house, wearing the same sweater. Methinks it may even be big enough to house a kid or two!