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Old 06-22-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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Hi all,

im hoping to start the Magknits Ballet Cami and had a gauge question. I don`t have 4mm needles, so I tried the gauge on 4.5mm needles. Its supposed to be 22sts and 29 rows in 4 inches, but I got 22 X 29 in 4.5 inches ( unwashed ). Do you think thatll still be OK? Im going the the states to visit my mom and was hoping to bring this project on the plane, and don`t want to buy new needles here ( kinda expensive )

OK all you knitting gurus, help me out here!

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Old 06-22-2007, 01:05 PM   #2
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You could wash your swatch and see if it shrinks any or you could just bite the bullet and go ahead. Since you are getting the # of sts, you could compensate the row guage by knitting fewer rows. Most patterns go by knitted inches/cm anyway.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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No she's getting a few more stitches, her swatch came out to 4.5". Before you wash it, I'd suggest doing another swatch, only cast on about 26 sts and measure the middle 4 inches to see what your true gauge is. The end stitches are usually a little different than the ones in the middle and won't give you a true gauge. Then go ahead and wash it to see what you get. The pattern calls for 5.5 sts/inch; if you still have less (sounds like you're getting about 4.75/inch) you may need to knit a size smaller because that much difference over a sweater could make it 4-6 inches larger. Don't worry about the row gauge if it's different, it won't be that much.

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Old 06-22-2007, 01:25 PM   #4
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No, she's not getting the stitch gauge; she says 22 sts is 4.5" instead of 4".

I'd look at the pattern and see if doing the next size down is an option.
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Thanks Deb, Sue and Lisa -

Im going to try it again using a few more stitches as Sue suggested as I just did 22.

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OK, so I did it with 30 stitches and got 20 stitches per 4 inches. Is it do-able?

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It's better. Did you wash and block it? Though you're still a little largish and 1/2 st per inch over might be too big. I'd suggest making one size smaller.
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No, I didn`t wash and block it. I may just wait till I get to the states and buy the correct size needles - I don`t want to put the time into it and have it come out wrong.

Guess Ill just have to bring a book with me for the trip over....

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