i'm pretty new to knitting...i've made a few hats and a stuffed dinosaur, and i figure that it's about time i do a sweater. the sweater calls for bulky yarn, but i saw this yarn in the most amazing color and it's sooooooo soft at worsted weight, so i bought that. the swatch they say to make should come out to about 4"x4" on 10.5 needles. i did one on size 10 needles that came out to around 3x3.5 :-/
i am a poor high school student. i cannot afford new needles. the pattern gives different sizes...the sweater is supposed to look oversized, so size medium has a 42" chest, and size large is 47". since my gauge is smaller, can i just make the large and it would come out smaller than it is supposed to, perhaps closer to the medium?
or, if the pattern says i'm supposed to have 3.25 stitches per inch, and i end up getting about 4.3, could i possibly set up a ratio that would tell me how many stitches to cast on using my gauge in relation to the gauge in the pattern?
i'm sorry if these questions are really basic or stupid, but as this is my first sweater and everything, i thought i should ask some people with more experience before i set to work.
thanks for putting up with it