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SueKP 12-03-2010 06:47 PM

Problems with gauge
I need help with a problem that relates to pattern gauge. I have a pattern with a gauge of 11 St = 4" on size 11 needles. I purchased yarn with a gauge of 14 St = 4" on size 10 needles. I thought that I could get the desired gauge by adjusting the needle size. Unfortunately, I have to go up to a size 15 needle to get the right gauge and when I do that, the knit is too open and airy to get the look I want. I tried dropping the needle size and doubling the yarn but the knit then becomes too dense. Any suggestions beyond returning the yarn and buying something different???


suzeeq 12-03-2010 07:05 PM

Use the yarn on size 11 or 13s or whatever gives you a knit that you like. Then CO more sts or use a larger size. What are you making? It helps us give you more specific advice if we know what you're doing....

SueKP 12-03-2010 07:12 PM


Thanks for responding to my thread. I am knitting a swing coat. It is knit in one piece from the top down and has only one button just below the neck edge. I was going to make the smallest size so I was hoping I could use the size 11 needles and just follow the directions for the next biggest size. I am just not sure how much bigger I need to go......As for knowing what I am doing - I would give myself a C+, maybe a B-. I have made about a hand full of sweaters for adults and children and some hats. Of course, tons of scarves :) I tend to stick with "easy" patterns and bulky knits because I like projects that work up fast. Thanks again for the help.

suzeeq 12-03-2010 08:03 PM

Take the sts per inch you get with the 11s and divide it into the sts on the medium and see what size you get. It could be close enough to the size you want to go ahead and use those instructions. But make the lengths according to the measurements given for the small.

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