Thank you so much and I just realized I spelled gauge wrong... does that show how much I try to avoid the whole thing...
when I showed the yarn to our local knitting store, I was told to use a size 5 needle to give the sweater more body. So my next question is this: is it possible that the pattern I want should be done with a different type of yarn rather than try to go to a larger needle?
My former sweater boo boo's were due to many different things... wrong pattern for choice of yarn, wrong needle size for yarn, not right sizing, so now I am determined to do this one right... so is a size 9 needle too big for a somewhat lightweight dk yarn... it looks really nice with an 8... what exactly happens to the size if you are off by as much as I am on the gauge? Can it be adjusted with choosing a different size?
I must appear to be really new to this but that isn't the case... knitting smaller sweaters, even making up my own patterns, and probably finishing over 25 in the last years... only a few have not lived up to what I hoped... why is a woman's sweater so much more difficult?
Thanks again for your help with the guage problem... oh I mean "gauge".
Happy knitting, Renee