View Full Version : Gauge...grrr
02-27-2006, 05:31 PM
Hi all, just want to say that im soooo glad that i've found you all.
Ive been knitting for over a year now, mostly sock, mitts, hats, scarves, did make a sweater for myself & my dog Tess.
I am a total addict, i admit, i buy oodles of yarn & have no idea what i'll do with it, i buy every book & magazine i can .
I have purchased some yarn that i wish to use in a sweater, but every pattern calls for a different "gauge" there must be a way to switch this/?? Any ideas???
02-27-2006, 05:38 PM
how different is the gauge? can you double up the yarn or change the needles to get there?
02-27-2006, 06:25 PM
Well i see many patterns that i love, but yeah, alot of them are wayyy of, others arent too bad..just dont want to start something & have it not fit..i hate unravelling..hehehe
02-27-2006, 06:40 PM
That's why it's advised to do a gauge swatch first. If you have too many stitches per inch you can use a bigger needle. If you have too few stitches per inch, use a smaller needle.
I always try to get the right weight yarn that's called for in a pattern and work from there. If you, however, have a thin yarn and want to use it on a pattern for thicker yarn, you can try doubling the yarn and see what your gauge is on that.
02-27-2006, 09:16 PM
Again, i just bought the yarn on a wim, now im trying to find a pattern to use it in...and i see all kinds...i'll try knitting a swatch, see how i go.
Thanks for all your help,
03-01-2006, 11:00 AM
Ok, the pattern that i wish to make is made with Lopi, the gauge says the yarn knits 18sts & 25rows on 4.5mm needles.
My yarn is 12sts & 17rows on 7-8 needles..how can this be possible..hahaha...im sooo overwhelmed.
In the first stitch & b*&ch book it tells me a way to change the yarns, but wow..not easy...ahhhhhhhhh