View Full Version : Is there an average gauge difference per needle size?

12-04-2008, 09:18 PM
I'm knitting blocks and strips for an afghan and have been using a size six circular needle. Most of the block designs had me casting on 44 to 46 stitches. There are two blocks I would like to knit. For one I would have to cast on 54 and another 58. I may be able to fudge a little and cast on 2 to 4 less stitches for each block. But I was wondering if I could go down a needle size or two to insure that it would be close to the size of the other blocks. Because this is just an afghan I don't think it would be a big deal. Yes I'm being lazy I don't want to do a test swatch. :) And just wanted to know if there was a average difference per needle size. Thanks in advance

12-04-2008, 10:10 PM
What pattern is each block knit in? Sometimes a pattern will pull in a bit (such as with a cable pattern) and you'll end up with a smaller size anyway. Or you might be able to block them to the same size. But if you can make the pattern work with a smaller stitch count, then why not? :)

12-04-2008, 10:14 PM
Thanks Marria. The blocks are different house and tree patterns. I just checked and can't really reduce the number of stitches. So I'm hoping by changing needle size I can still do these 2 blocks.

12-04-2008, 11:09 PM
I made a block afghan with different patterns and I switched up the needles sizes before, and it worked fine, so I think you'll be OK. I'd love to see it when you're done!

12-05-2008, 07:09 AM
:verysad: I tried it on a size 4 circular needle and it is still to big :sigh: Back to the drawing board

12-05-2008, 09:12 AM

Yipee!!!!!I think I figured it out.

12-05-2008, 09:48 AM
Awesome! :yay: