OK so gauge hasn't been a big issue for me in the past, because I have always done hats, scarves, felted stuff, etc. Well, I am going to make a sweater for my dd, and I am having trouble with gauge. I bought a ginormous spool of really awesome mega bright pink yarn that is supposed to be the correct weight, but I don't seem to get the right stitches per inch when I swatch. I am doing the accordian sweater from knitty in the toddler girls size- so the gauge is supposed to be 20st and 32 rows = 4x4. Welllllll... on sz 6 needles, I get less than 4" out of 20st, more like 3.5. On sz 7, I now have just at 4" with my 20st across, but I am at 16 rows and it is 2.5in long... so I am going to be a whole inch off in length. What the heck do I do?
I am clueless. Oh, also-- if I have a similar yarn that I want to use as stripes, I should swatch it, too to be certain, right? What if I want to dye that yarn befor eI use it--- I should swatch AFTER dying, right? Thanks so much in advance!!!!!!