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KnittinGal 04-15-2013 02:10 PM

Gauge: stockinette stitch vs. garter stitch

I'm getting ready to start knitting a sweater-vest for myself.

The pattern I'm using is worked in garter stitch all the way through, but I was thinking of using stockinette stitch instead (knitting the first three stitches so it won't curl). I was just wondering if using a different stitch than the pattern calls for will mess up my gauge; I am supposed to have 17 stitches for every 4 inches. I made a couple of swatches using sizes 7 and 8 needles, and I'm going to wash and dry them soon. I've never really bothered about checking gauge, but since I'm trying to make this fit without taking it out a few times, I decided that it might be a good idea this time!

If stockinette stitch will make things more complicated, I'll probably just follow the pattern like it's written. What do ya'll think?

KG :wink:

Jan in CA 04-15-2013 02:27 PM

It will change it some. Garter stitches are basically square and stockinette stitches are narrower and longer. You will have to compensate.

A regular swatch is a good idea. But to get an idea how different they look also cast on say 20 stitches and just do garter. Now cast on 20 stitches and do stockinette for a couple inches. The garter o e is probably bigger.

Ingrid 04-15-2013 02:52 PM

I agree that a couple of gauge swatches will tell you what you need to change to get the size you want. A little math and you should be good to go.

KnittinGal 04-15-2013 03:46 PM

Thanks, ladies!! I appreciate the help.

I think, since this is my first sweater, I'll just "follow the pattern blindly" and work it in garter stitch. I fear that if I add too many variables (different needle size, different stitch, etc.), it will end up being too big or too small. Maybe next time around, I can get more adventurous...:teehee:

KG ;)

GrumpyGramma 04-15-2013 04:00 PM

What pattern are you using?

KnittinGal 04-15-2013 05:14 PM

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Sorry, GrumpyGramma. I thought I attached the pattern. Oops!

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I found this pattern on Ravelry, and it appeared that the people who had made the vest found it relatively easy. Hopefully it'll prove to be a challenge that's not too challenging!

KG :wink:

salmonmac 04-15-2013 05:51 PM

That looks like fun to knit and for myself, the garter stitch gives it a nicer drape than stockinette stitch would. Have fun knitting it (and remember to do a gauge swatch--it's a time-saver).

Jan in CA 04-15-2013 05:59 PM

That's really cute!

GrumpyGramma 04-16-2013 01:14 AM

I really like that pattern, I think I'll give it a go...what's one more project ONT? LOL
Once you've made it I think you'll be able to play around and make some changes, but part of it's charm is the garter stitch IMHO, as mentioned above.

KnittinGal 04-16-2013 01:07 PM


Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma (Post 1374932)
I really like that pattern, I think I'll give it a go...what's one more project ONT?

Yay!! :yay: That'll be fun to see someone else make the same project. Be sure to post some pics when your done! I'll do the same.

KG :wink:

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