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Old 06-20-2006, 10:12 AM   #1
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Obtaining Gauge
I'm getting ready to start a sweater made from Tahki Cotton Classic. The pattern was done specifically for this yarn, so I thought obtaining gauge would be a cinch! I tried the pattern stitch on #6 needles as recommended. I'm supposed to get 28 stitches to 4 inches. I only got 24. I tried again with #5 needles. This time I got 26 stitches to 4 inches. Obviously, if I go down to #4, I'm probably going to get gauge. I am, however, a little concerned that I'm having to go down TWO needles sizes to do this. Should I be concerned? I've never had to adjust more than one size either way to get gauge. Anyone got any advice? Many thanks for your thoughts and experiences.
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:25 AM   #2
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It could just be that the person who knit the sweater at that gauge is a loose knitter and you are a tighter knitter. As long as you like the fabric that the size 4 creates, then that's what's going to work.

Some people automatically have to go up or down 2 sizes for every pattern, so it's not an unusual thing.
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