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Old 07-23-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Gauge and pattern size
I, too, have LOTS of trouble getting gauge. I'm using a sport wt yarn and trying to get 26 sts per 4 inches that the pattern calls for. I've gone down to size 3 needle and my swatch is still 4.5 inches. Can I just go down a size or two smaller on the pattern or how can I make an adjustment that will work?
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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First, a swatch should have more stitches than what it gives for 4"; the edge stitches shouldn't be measured. The goal is to figure out how many sts in 4", not to make a 4" square.

You could go down in needle size, but if your yarn is heavier than in the original pattern, you might not get the gauge called for, but it would still be too stiff. Finding the needle that gives you a fabric you like, then making a smaller size can be done. What is it you're making?
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
First, a swatch should have more stitches than what it gives for 4"; the edge stitches shouldn't be measured. The goal is to figure out how many sts in 4", not to make a 4" square.

You could go down in needle size, but if your yarn is heavier than in the original pattern, you might not get the gauge called for, but it would still be too stiff. Finding the needle that gives you a fabric you like, then making a smaller size can be done. What is it you're making?
I want to make the Rhombi open cardigan by Terri Kruse that has a diamond pattern on the collarband. My yarn is Valley Yarn's Northfield, a nice merino and silk blend that knits beautifully on size 5 and 6 needles; I think it's considered a sport wt. I had previously made the "Treyi" vest and all but finished it and had to rip back twice when I couldn't figure out the collar. I became so frustrated that I frogged the whole thing and continued searching for a pattern I could understand. Is there any help for me?????
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:58 PM   #4
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You can do it - don't get overwhelmed by instructions you haven't seen before, break them down into smaller bits, take it stitch by stitch and row by row. Then it's more manageable and you can 'get' it.

Do you have a specific question about a particular pattern?
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:26 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
You can do it - don't get overwhelmed by instructions you haven't seen before, break them down into smaller bits, take it stitch by stitch and row by row. Then it's more manageable and you can 'get' it.

Do you have a specific question about a particular pattern?
Yes, getting back to the "Rhombi" cardi, you said that I should knit to a gauge that creates a nice fabric; pattern calls for 6.5 sts per inch--say I get 5.5 sts. How then do I calculate what size to make? For example, my size 39 has a finished measurement of 33.5 inches (cardigan doesn't close in front). Thanks so much for your encouragement. Would you believe I've been knitting on and off for over 25 yrs? Long periods of no knitting due to becoming frustrated because everything I knitted look so homemade and ill-fitting. Thanks again, Teresa
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Okay, take your gauge of 5 times 33" and that's just over 184 sts. Find a smaller size that's closest to the same number of sts just below the underarms, at the bust, and use those stitch numbers to knit by. Knit the lengths - body, sleeves, armhole - to the lengths given for the size 39 though.
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