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Old 11-10-2013, 05:17 AM   #1
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So...made my first swatch lol
for a garment that I plan on making. Yes I am going to attempt making something thats not an accessory lol I think I'm ready don't you? But my stitch count is off. Row count is fine. But instead of 18 I have 16.... Well I was when I first counted..then I counted another row again and it came to 17. Oh dear....

So what do I do, go up or do i go down in needle size? I knitted with 5mm as stated in patt

Ribbed Baby Jacket

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Old 11-10-2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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Be sure that you've knit about 10 cm in length and that you measure over the middle of the swatch. I usually put the swatch down on some "non-grabby" surface like a table top. If you still have too few sts, try a smaller size needle. (4.5mm). You can purl a row and continue knitting on the same swatch with the smaller needles. Since most patterns give you length measurements in cm or inches, don't worry about the row gauge. Stitch gauge is going to be more important.
I have this same pattern bookmarked, too. Love it!
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:56 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
Be sure that you've knit about 10 cm in length and that you measure over the middle of the swatch. I usually put the swatch down on some "non-grabby" surface like a table top. If you still have too few sts, try a smaller size needle. (4.5mm). You can purl a row and continue knitting on the same swatch with the smaller needles. Since most patterns give you length measurements in cm or inches, don't worry about the row gauge. Stitch gauge is going to be more important.
Yeah I have. Measured 10 cm - if anything i've made more than 10 cm! LOL. Like about a 14 cm square! And yes I used a table LOL!

OK down a needle size got it. now i have to buy 4.5 circ tips lol! I may as well just buy myself a set lol! I'd prob save more money! Or maybe i should add it on my xmas list..but by then this child will be born and I won't have anything made lol!

Edited to add in case my eyes were deceiving me I measured again now 15?!
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Hmm, one thing that sometimes helps me is to mark off 10cm with straight pins (ones with colored balls at the heads) and measure in a couple of places. If the yarn thickness varies that way can help get an idea of stitch gauge.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:12 AM   #5
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Hmm, one thing that sometimes helps me is to mark off 10cm with straight pins (ones with colored balls at the heads) and measure in a couple of places. If the yarn thickness varies that way can help get an idea of stitch gauge.
Did that too. Ok I'll try again....and if it tells me something else I'm going to get my nan to count for me lol! I'm thankful she only lives around the corner from my house!
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Lucky you to have a close-by, knitting nan!
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Indeedy thanks for helping me salmon mac I asked on rav but either no one wants to help on rav or there's actually no one online lol!
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Oh, I just love Debbie Bliss' baby patterns

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Thank you!Im so excited! I just hope I get it done by dec 1st!
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