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Old 01-18-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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gauge swatch question
I'm getting ready to start a sweater in the round. Do I need to knit the gauge swatch in the round too? I already did one in the round before I got the pattern and it's not right so I have to do another one on bigger needles. There are just so many more stitches to knit if I do it in the round and I'm lazy.... and a slow knitter...... but I also want it to fit.
What would you do?
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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I'm getting ready to start a sweater in the round. Do I need to knit the gauge swatch in the round too? I already did one in the round before I got the pattern and it's not right so I have to do another one on bigger needles. There are just so many more stitches to knit if I do it in the round and I'm lazy.... and a slow knitter...... but I also want it to fit.
What would you do?
I wouldn't think it'd make any difference in the gauge if you knit it in the round... 4 inches is 4 inches. But it'd sure be easier to measure if it's flat. If I were doing it, I'd knit a 4x4 flat and say "color me done".
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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I wouldn't think it'd make any difference in the gauge if you knit it in the round... 4 inches is 4 inches. But it'd sure be easier to measure if it's flat. If I were doing it, I'd knit a 4x4 flat and say "color me done".
Flat and knitting in the round can produce different gauges. I'd knit a gauge swatch.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:46 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Flat and knitting in the round can produce different gauges. I'd knit a gauge swatch.
Really? I've never noticed a difference in them. But maybe that explains a few things. But you been doing this a lot longer than I have, so I defer.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
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They may produce different gauges for some people, but not other people. I can sometimes see a difference on a raglan cardigan where the yoke was knit flat, then I knit the sleeves in the round. Usually going up a needle size for the circular knitting will help. But most of the time it's not obvious to me, our individual gauge can change from day to day sometimes.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
They may produce different gauges for some people, but not other people. I can sometimes see a difference on a raglan cardigan where the yoke was knit flat, then I knit the sleeves in the round. Usually going up a needle size for the circular knitting will help. But most of the time it's not obvious to me, our individual gauge can change from day to day sometimes.
Well it also helps if you don't get cross-eyed trying to count the stitches. Which can sometimes be a challenge for me. Which is (one reason) why I almost never knit on anything smaller than an 8 (the main reason being that I'd like to finish in this decade).
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:07 PM   #7
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I wouldn't think it'd make any difference in the gauge if you knit it in the round... 4 inches is 4 inches. But it'd sure be easier to measure if it's flat. If I were doing it, I'd knit a 4x4 flat and say "color me done".
That would have been my first choice.

You know, you can flatten a piece of circular knitting to measure it.....
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Another recommendation I've come across: Knit the sleeves first as gauge is less critical to fit there and if you work from the cuff you can measure the actual knitting as you go up. FWIW....or not. I've also seen: Knit the hat first.
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Another recommendation I've come across: Knit the sleeves first as gauge is less critical to fit there and if you work from the cuff you can measure the actual knitting as you go up. FWIW....or not. I've also seen: Knit the hat first.
Ah the old "knit the hat first".
I've actually started the swatch using the bring the yarn along the back loosely method (I'm working from home today :D)
I can't do the sleeves first because it's a top down raglan, but that's a really good suggestion.
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Depending on the pattern, top-down raglan gauge might not be as critical since you can try it on and say, enough already, and go on to the next part. Or, I guess I should do a few more rows.
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