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Old 12-13-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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How to adjust gauge for different yarn
Hello - I'm very new to knitting and I tend to find a pattern I like and a yarn I like but the yarn is never suitable for the pattern.
I understand the principle behind the pattern gauge but I don't understand how I can adjust so that I can use the yarn I want.

I have a pattern for a knit slouchy beanie that I want to make. (The pattern is in a book so I can't post the link).

The pattern calls for Medium Weight Yarn (4) but I want to use a heavier weight (5).

Gauge: With larger size needles (which would be a 7), in Stockinette Stitch, 20 sts and 26 rows = 4" (10 cm).

How can I adjust to use the heavier weight yarn?

Many thanks!!
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to KH.

Sometimes if the pattern is written for different sizes, you can make a different size with heavier yarn and it will come out right. Sometimes you can just adjust the number of stitches used. How complicated is the pattern? Does it have cables or something? What's it called? If we know the name of the pattern and the book it's in, we might find a picture online or someone else may actually have the same pattern.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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Thank you for the quick response and thank you for the welcome!

The hat is super easy to make - no cables. I made one with the yarn it originally recommended and it was easy, I just like the softer bulkier wool better.

Here is the pattern book I got it from...I'm making the men's one shown on the front.

http://www.amazon.com/Knit-Celebrity.../dp/1609000935
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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It looks as though the hat is done in stockinette stitch with a ribbed band. If that's the case, you only need to know your gauge and cast on the right number of stitches for the size you wish to make. For the ribbed band you'll need a multiple to come out right for the ribbing. Is it k2, p1? I can't tell for sure. For k2, p1 you need a multiple of 3, for k2, p2 rib you need a multiple of 4. Others make lots more hats than I do and will be more able to tell you about how to space your decreases or how many to increase if you need them too. You might take a look at www.ravelry.com to look at similar hats done in the weight of yarn you want to use. Many of the patterns there are free. HTH and happy knitting!
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:01 PM   #5
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What GG said, and also keep in mind that the way the knitted fabric hangs may likely change. The slouch could look a bit different, and the hat itself may be heavier. Not necessarily bad things, just good to know ahead of time.

I'd love to see your hat when it's finished!
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