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Old 09-16-2011, 09:37 AM   #1
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Determining Gauge
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How do you determine gauge when the number of stitches are given as well as the total length for the preemie caps in this pattern: http://www.carewear.org/patterns/kni..._knit_cap.cfm?

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Old 09-16-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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Your link doesn't work. Which pattern is it?
http://www.carewear.org/
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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Hi Jan.

Here is the direct link again:

http://www.carewear.org/patterns/kni...t_knit_cap.cfm

Otherwise, from www.carewear.org, click on "Patterns" on the right side of the page. Then, click on "Knitting Patterns" in the body of the page. Last, click on "Perfect Knit Preemie Cap" which is the last link in the body of the page.

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Your link doesn't work. Which pattern is it?
http://www.carewear.org/
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Okay from what I can see there is no gauge listed. What is it you're trying to determine? Which yarn to use? That depends on which size you're making. The pattern says it can be made any size depending on the yarn and needles you choose. Here's a basic guide to yarn weight/needle size that may help.
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:12 PM   #5
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Hi Jan.

Here is the yarn I plan to use: http://www.ecobutterfly.com/catalog/...Yarn-37-1.html (Pakucho Organic Cotton Sport Fine Flamme Yarn from www.ecobutterfly.com).

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Okay from what I can see there is no gauge listed. What is it you're trying to determine? Which yarn to use? That depends on which size you're making. The pattern says it can be made any size depending on the yarn and needles you choose. Here's a basic guide to yarn weight/needle size that may help.
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html
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That looks like a nice yarn. Still not sure what you're asking though. Needle size? It suggests a 5 and appears to be about DK weight.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:41 PM   #7
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One thing I would suggest is that you use a German twisted cast on for these. It's super stretchy. If you use a regular long tail cast on, the hat may not stretch enough to fit over the head. Bev has a lot of great preemie patterns on her site as well. The hats will seem really small when you knit them. But yes, the babies really are that small. I have it on good authority from a nurse I know. This nurse told me that the newborn size hats are way too big and cover the babies' eyes. They make them feel very uncomfortable so they really need the smaller sizes. Sometimes a baby doesn't make it through the night. Having a small hat for the 1-2 pounders keeps them warm and is a comfort to the parents. They suggest using white yarn for these, as pastels or any other colors can give the baby a ghastly appearance under the hospital lights and depress the parents. Bless you for doing this.



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I use the German Twisted cast on for all my hats and mittens. The long tail cast on just doesn't stretch enough to allow a child to get the mittens on. It makes it much easier for a mother to dress a fidgety child.
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Hi Jan.

I just want to make sure I am not knitting the hats too small or too big. But, I guess if there is no gauge given in the pattern, I would just use the suggested yarn weight (sport weight) which my yarn is and just follow the pattern. Is this correct?

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That looks like a nice yarn. Still not sure what you're asking though. Needle size? It suggests a 5 and appears to be about DK weight.
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Thank you. I had just recently seen this cast on method. I will definitely learn it for these hats :-)

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I use the German Twisted cast on for all my hats and mittens. The long tail cast on just doesn't stretch enough to allow a child to get the mittens on. It makes it much easier for a mother to dress a fidgety child.
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