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Old 11-13-2013, 04:12 AM   #1
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how many really do gauge in fair isle in the round?
I am having tons of issues trying to do a gauge in pattern IN the round.

I know how to do a gauge in the round (Thanks to knitting help video).

I know how to do fair isle in the round. But never have I had a pattern actually say...to do a gauge in stockinette...and another gauge in the colorwork pattern. Well...at least I never realized I was suppose to do that till I started this project.

I have spent 2 &%$# days trying over and over...and it just becomes a tangled mess dealing with both of the long stands while doing the gauge in the round. I even tried using the long strands to knit with...and that works pretty good...till I start working with 2 colors. LOL!

Sooooo, I am wondering how many of you actually do a gauge in the round in the fair isle pattern??

I actually just made a beautiful colorwork hat (2 colors per row) but 5 colors total. No significant problems. The pattern for that hat did not say...do gauge in colorwork pattern, so I just did it as I always have.

Honestly, I could have probably finished this new hat in the last 2 days that I have been trying to get 4 inches of stranding messy gauge swatch. I have watched about 2 dozen videos trying to see if anyone shows the magic of gauge in pattern...in the round...but none noticed so far.

Also, no hat either.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:29 AM   #2
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I do gauge swatches before every project, mostly because I hate using the entire back of a sweater as a gauge swatch (or even the sleeve). Becasue I get a slightly different gauge doing fair isle, I always to a swatch in the colorwork pattern but I don't swatch in the round. For me, the difference between knit and purl gauge isn't so great so I avoid that mess. There, I've 'fessed up!
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I'll fess up, for fair isle I get the same gauge as in stockinette so I only work the 1 swatch.
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My gauge is tighter in fair isle. When I'm making a hat I go up a needle size for the fair isle sections.

As for swatching... I know a friend who uses the sleeve for fair isle swatches rather than that crazy flat method. If making a sleeve doesn't work for your pattern I'd probably just knit a small fair isle tube that her than flat.
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Thanks for the input...I guess I am not so crazy after all. All my patterns that have fair Isle says to use a size larger than for the the plain stockinette gauge...so I have always just worked the 1 color gauge in the round....but just went to the larger needle for the colorwork and didn't worry about it...much. LOL. But then I am only making hats at this time with the fair isle.

I think at this point I am just going to make a tube and stop stressing about it. I have to accomplish something today if only a swatch that fits the gauge. I have too many X-mas presents to make to lose another day fiddling with fair isle gauge in the round.
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Well, that sounds like a good plan and you get extra credit for even trying a fair isle swatch in the round. Kudos!
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:58 PM   #7
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When you want to work a stranded swatch, you really don't have to use the colors of the pattern. Even if you use only two colors, you can work the right side on a dpn, switching colors as you go in a ratio similar to the pattern, then slide the work over to the right tip, stranding both yarns loosely across the back and work the right side again. And again.

Or you can do like me and measure your gauge after you get started, increasing one needle size from regular stockinette.

I've started a sweater, and the first inch showed that the gauge was too tight, so I switched needles at that point. Nobody knows.
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
...you can do like me and measure your gauge after you get started, increasing one needle size from regular stockinette. I've started a sweater, and the first inch showed that the gauge was too tight, so I switched needles at that point.
Good idea, Ingrid!
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I always get the gauge the pattern calls for so I never need to do a gauge swatch first.
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I always get the gauge the pattern calls for so I never need to do a gauge swatch first.
Be careful of that, especially when something has to fit. The designer may knit with a different tension than you, and you'll find that there's a difference.
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