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Old 08-14-2007, 07:57 AM   #1
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Guage?
I'm using #5 needles and I am getting 8 stitches per inch. I have a pattern that calls for #1 needles 8 stitches per inch. Sooo.. should I use #5 needles since that's what gives me 8 stitches per inch?

Can you tell I'm a tight knitter!? I'm getting better though.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:07 AM   #2
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Yes indeed! I assume you are using the yarn called for in the pattern? If so, looks like those #5's are your tool de jour
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:56 AM   #3
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Even if you're not using the yarn called for, you're getting the right gauge, so then use the 5s.
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:15 AM   #4
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Pokes suzeeq..true true true However I said that after finding a friend crying to me about the gauge changing and I discovered she was using one yarn to swatch with and one yarn for the item LOL She 'thought' they were similar enough to make little difference but the ply was different
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:17 AM   #5
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Ahhh, I see what you mean. Yes, the swatch yarn should be the same as the one used in the pattern.
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:23 AM   #6
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Winks..She also felt she was 'saving' the proper yarn for 'good' as we say here It's not only kids that do nutty, cute things LOL
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Old 08-14-2007, 03:08 PM   #7
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Just a tip
If you've noticed that your knitting has loosened up over time, and is continuing to do so with practice (like mine). You should check your gauge periodically while knitting, especially if it's a big project. You might need to drop a needle size part way through, although blocking solves a lot of inconsistencies
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Ok, thanks everyone. Should I be doing a test swatch for every project? That makes sense.. then there's no question about whether or not I'm getting the right guage.

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Old 08-14-2007, 04:47 PM   #9
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Yes, you should do a guage swatch for everything you knit. Most patterns tell you what your gauge should be with the yarn they recommend. So you should change needle sizes till you get that gauge. Also, If you decide to substitute yarn, Look for yarn that has a similar gauge to what your pattern calls for.
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