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Old 09-20-2007, 07:02 AM   #1
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Gauge and chart knitting
I have the problem that my knitting sts tend to have a different width:height ratio than is normal. For most knitting, this isn't a problem, but I've had problem with knitting color work from a pattern: The images always look a little squatty.

My knitting sts tend to have a ratio of 7:9, rather than 5:7.

Since the height of sts is largely determined by the diameter of the needle, will loosening my knitting help?

Any advice would help. I really want to do some fair-isle, but I don't want it to come out looking short and fat.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:17 AM   #2
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You could try loosening your stitches or going up a needle size (as long as you stay within the confines of the gauge). You might also try a different type of needle. I find I knit a little differently when working with wood or bamboo needles versus metal needles. Good luck.
Judge: Madame, either you will have to cease knitting or I will have to cease judging. Which shall it be?

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