I didn't get gauge at all- I got 16sts over 4 inches, and it worked out fine, I cast on 40 sts instead of 50, and just made sure to make it to my measurements. Its a top down raglan basically, so if you make sure that you measure the meatiest part of your upper arm, and increase until the sleeve fits you arm, pull it off the needles, try it on... it will all work out.
Emms, I have one question about that... I'm having trouble with gauge, trying to see if I might want to do this. If you have 16 sts over 4 inches (I'm at about 17 sts using size 10 needles and WW yarn), why did you cast on less
than 50? I would think you'd cast on more than 50 since you have less sts per inch than recommended...
Also, for row one, did you still: knit 9, then place the marker, k 8, place marker, knit [[whatever your middle # was instead of 16]], knit 8, pm, knt 9 ... ? Or did you need to modify the amount of sts to start off the front and sleeve parts as well as the back part? Damn, that's more than one question, sorry. lol
I really want to use this pretty violet WW yarn from KnitPicks that I happen to have, but I'm nowhere near gauge and I don't want it to end up being too open of a weave if I keep going up needle sizes.
She used less stitches *because* you need less of them per inch! 40 sts at 4 per inch = 10 inches. If your gauge is 5 sts per inch, you need 50sts to = 10 inches.
For placing the markers you can't use the same number that you do when you have more stitches. If you cast on 10 stitches less, make 2 sts less per section. Front, sleeve, back, sleeve, front is 5 sections time 2 sts = 10
Does that help you understand it better?