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Old 04-18-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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When the gauge is different
Hi

I've a knitting project I want try with a new yarn I love.
The pattern suggests a different yarn and needle size than the yarn I have does.

I've knitted the gauge and rather than 3.9inches required from the pattern it's coming out at 3inches in length. How should I proceed with the pattern?

The pattern is http://a.allaboutyou.com/pattern/41026.pdf
My yarn requires 3.5/4 needles rather than their suggested 7 and 8's

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Old 04-18-2012, 12:18 AM   #2
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Knit a larger size, though you'll need to do the lengths to the measurement of the size you'd normally do. You might try your yarn on size 5 or 6 needles and may get closer to the right gauge. The gauge is 18 sts per 4" or 4 sts per inch. Cast on 24 sts and work for several inches. The aim of a swatch is not to make a 4" square, but to see how many sts in 4". You can use a measurement for the length rather than rows (convert the rows to inches) so the row gauge isn't quite as crucial.
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Thank you I'll do that
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HI I just wanted to check that I have this right as I think I've confused myself.

I've knitted a 4 inch gauge. The number of stitches in an inch is 9 so double the number in the pattern.

I was knitting for 0-3 months. Are you suggesting I should I knit for 3-6months?
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HI I just wanted to check that I have this right as I think I've confused myself.

I've knitted a 4 inch gauge. The number of stitches in an inch is 9 so double the number in the pattern.

I was knitting for 0-3 months. Are you suggesting I should I knit for 3-6months?
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:54 PM   #6
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I think you're going to have to go bigger than that. If you're getting twice as many sts inch, you're going to have to cast on twice what the pattern calls for to get the same size. So if the 0-3months calls for a cast on of 44sts, you would need to cast on ~88sts. That's more than the next size up by a bit.
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If you're getting 9 sts per inch and want a finished measurement for a 3 mo size (you really should make a larger one, infants don't fit into 3mo sizes for more than a month) then you probably want to make the biggest size at a minimum. You didn't say what size needles get you 9 sts per inch, but maybe you ought to try 4 or 5s. BTW, the pattern gauge is 18 sts over 4" so your 9 per inch is 36 sts over 4". Unless you mean something else.

CO 24 sts and measure how many sts in 3 or 4" to be sure.
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