View Full Version : Help with gauge & stitch consistency
04-21-2006, 08:57 PM
I've been knitting continental for 35 years, since my grandmother taught me. No matter what I do, my stitches tend to be large and not consistent. When I check my gauge, if I use the size needles to get the right length, my width is always wider.
I checked the basic how to video, and that's how I knit. I don't want to hold my yarn too tight, and I'm at a loss as to how to fix my problem. :rollseyes:
04-21-2006, 09:34 PM
Well, I tend to be on the other end of the spectrum, knitting too tight, and I always go with the needle size that will give me the proper gauge for the number of stitches/inch, rather than rows/inch. Often patterns will ask you to work for ___ # of inches in length rather than ____ # of rows (although they do ask for that too as you know), but the width is much more critical especially if you are making something that needs to fit, such as a sweater. So if I were you, I'd use smaller needles in order to achieve the desired width rather than the desired length.
04-21-2006, 09:42 PM
I totally agree with knitqueen, and I, too, don't even swatch a project on the called for needles anymore. I know that I have to go up a needle size. You'll find you have much better results, I think, with a needles a size or two smaller than the pattern calls for. You can always adjust the length of your project, but never the width, so the stitch gauge is important.
04-21-2006, 09:43 PM
Thanks. It drives me nuts; no matter what I do, my stitches are very loose. I guess I just have to go with what I've got.