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Old 09-12-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Gauge Change While Knitting
I learned my lesson early on to ALWAYS make a swatch.

With a perfect Stockinette st swatch gauge, I started a child's sweater. After 20 rows, I checked the gauge again and instead of 15 sts to 4", I now had 16 sts to 4".

Is this a common situation? And what do I have to do to get back to the correct gauge? It's all Stockinette st working with the same needles I used to make the swatch.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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It's not uncommon for a project to change gauge midstream. You become more relaxed as you knit. I have heard that you should knit for awhile on something..anything to get into the rhythm of knitting then knit the swatch.

I had the same thing happen to me on a sweater I made.. I had to rip out 5 inches of the bottom of the sweater or it was going to be big enough to fit Hagrid. Pain in the neck, but worth it in the end.

Now, with a kids sweater I probably would just continue because kids grow and it's better to have it a little larger than too small. If you don't want to do that I guess you could change needle size, but that may be obvious depending on the yarn and how much difference there actually is. Frogging is the other option.
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Thanks for the help. I think you're right, and I'll just continue on knitting the back. If it looks too weird at the end of the piece, then frogging will be the next step.

I don't have any problem starting over since the fun is in the knitting.

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or it was going to be big enough to fit Hagrid.


just had to comment on this....
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