I am knitting a pair of baby bootees in a yarn other than that specified in the pattern and am in the process of knitting my second tension square as I want the bootees to fit the baby!
The pattern requires a gauge of:
22sts and 30 rows = 4 inches/10 centimetre using 4.00mm needles.
When I knitted with needles specified in the pattern (4.00mm), the resulting gauge was 21.5 sts and 27 rows = 4 inches/10 centimetres. Very close on stitch gauge but a bit off on row gauge.
On the second tension square which is 3/4 of the way done (3.75mm), it looks as if the gauge will be around 23 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches/10 centimetres. Closer on row gauge but further off on stitch gauge.
Since they are bootees, the pattern does not instruct to knit until they reach a certain length and each row is important in shaping them so it really isn't an option to just aim for stitch gauge and measure the garment as you go.
Should I use the needles that provide a stitch and row gauge closest to what is specified (ie. 3.75mm)? I can't seem to get both stitch and row gauges to be exactly as specified in the pattern.
Thanks so much for any insight!!