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Old 04-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
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Gauge: stockinette stitch vs. garter stitch
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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?

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Old 04-15-2013, 02:27 PM   #2
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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.
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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.
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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...

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What pattern are you using?
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Sorry, GrumpyGramma. I thought I attached the pattern. Oops!

California Sun vest.doc

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!

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