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Old 03-30-2009, 08:41 AM   #1
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Guage Problem on Smaller Fair Isle Items
Whenever I make a Fair Isle hat or mittens, the gauge seems to really tighten up on me causing the piece to come out much smaller than anticipated. I stretch the strands as I knit but it seems that because the items are knit in the round they just come out tighter. When I make larger items such as sweaters I have no problems. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remedy this?
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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Sometimes we change our tension when we work on small items. Keep stretching the floats as you say you have been doing but you probably need to go up a needle size or two, whatever it takes to give you the gauge you are suppose to have. I find this happens with me sometimes. Ditto with knitting a baby sweater sleeve in the round. Sometimes I need to use a larger needle to get the same gauge I was getting on the body of the sweater even though both were knit in the round.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Merigold, I'll give it a try. I'll just have to figure out whether it will require going up one or two needle sizes.
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