I am trying my first top-down sweater called Picovoli from MagKnits. The gauge calls for 22 sts/4 inches on a size 4 round needle. I don't have a size 4 round needle and would like to use my new Denise needles in a size 5 to try it out. I knit up a small swatch and got about 17 stitches to 4 inches on the size 5, so about 1 inch larger than gauge with the 4s. The pattern calls for a cotten blend or cotton yarn and I am just going to try in an acrylic, as this is mostly for practice. My question is, will using my size 5s come out fairly close to gauge if I just knit the sweater one size smaller than my size would call for? As in, I would normally wear/make a size 36 and I am wondering if I knit the size 32 to compensate for the larger needle if it would come out about right?
Any tips on how to figure out how to compensate for different yarns or needle sizes is very welcome to this novice knitter! Thank you!