I am attempting to start a sweater with a gauge of 17 stitches per 4 inches using size 8 needles per the pattern. My local yarn shop did not have the yarn stated in the pattern, but suggested a substitute yarn that I ended up purchasing. I have stitched up 3 gauge swatches using size 8, 9 and now 10 needles, but I keep getting 19 stitches per 4 inches. Am I crazy? How can this keep happening? Do I need different yarn or different hands? Thanks for any insight.
The yarn I bought is "KIM extra light yarn" and the yard from the pattern is Knit One Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton. Both are cotton/acrylic and the KIM gauge says 19 stitches/4in with "7-8" needles. I just can't believe I'm still getting 19 stitches with size 10 needles. I'm afraid my stitches will start to look too loose if I keep moving up in needles.
I think it's too thin a yarn to get the pattern gauge. Though this site calls it a worsted and the gauge is 5 st/inch or 7-8, which explains the 19sts/4" gauge. The Knit One yarn seems to be a bit thicker.
sue- knitting heretic
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