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Old 05-02-2007, 08:13 AM   #1
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Should I change needle size Guage ?
How much smaller will my gauage get if I go down a needle? My pattern calls for 14 sts 20 rows 4" I got 15 sts and 20 rows in 4"

Should I change needles or is it close enough?
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:20 AM   #2
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Gauge shouldn't usually be "close enough" (though I am guilty of thinking this ). It also depends on what you're making though. If you're making a scarf, gauge doesn't really matter, but if you're making a garment, that one stitch makes a difference.
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:27 AM   #3
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I think it depends on your tension. I usually have to go up/down a couple of needle sizes from what the needle recommendation is to get gauge.
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:38 AM   #4
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Its a sweater vest for a friend. I guess Maybe I should try to swatch it with smaller needles and see what happens.

I just wondered if I go smaller does that usually get you 1 stitch less?

There is also a cable pattern and a rib pattern to get gauge for. I got guage on the rib pattern.

It was the stockinette where I got the extra sts. But I got the right number of rows. Which guage should I worry about most, cable, rib or stockinette?
If I can't get them all to work on the same size needle. I also don't see where stockinette is used in the pattern.
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:32 AM   #5
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To get a fewer number of stitches, you need to go up in needle size (the stitches get bigger, so you get fewer per inch).

Does the pattern tell you what to do the gauge in? It will usually say the gauge done in ss (stockinette). Check that. I think that is pretty typical.

I think that if you're doing a sweater, the most important gauge to get correct is the horizontal and not the vertical (# of rows). You can easily adjust the length of the sweater by doing fewer or extra rows, depending on the need. Knitting with the wrong gauge across will make the sweater too big or too small.
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:36 AM   #6
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This is knit on size 10. Does going up mean trying 10.5 or 11? Does 10.5 exist?

I have denise interchangables.
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Yes, there are 10.5 size needles. I googled Denise needles and see that their set does include 10.5 needles.

For me, personally, I would do a gauge using the 11's. I knit so tightly that I have to go up a lot to see a real difference.

It's all according to how tightly you knit.
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:08 AM   #8
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Going from 10s to 10.5s can make a lot of difference too. I think 11s might be too big unless you do knit tight.

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Yes, gauge is important for a garment (I found this out the hard way).

Also check your pattern to see if it says knit a swatch in stockinette or in the pattern stitch since this will make a difference. If is does not specify, then swatch in stockinette and go one size size up and see if you can nail it. Good luck.
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