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« on: June 14, 2007 10:01:04 AM »

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? Tongue   Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh  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!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2007 10:10:33 AM »

break it down to 1 inch first so you'll be doing less swatching and more actual knitting

so *breaks out the calculator*

20 sts/4 inches = 5 stitches per inch
32 rows/4 inches = 8 rows per inch

now that's a bit easier to look at and count and stuff (in my head at least)

and if you're still off, go up one more needle size. just keep knitting, ripping and changing needles till you get it where you need to be

knitty has a good article on gauge and how to do it and such

good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2007 10:32:31 AM »

wierd.
I just measured, within the swatch I have, the 5st = 1inch and 8rows = 1inch.   Huh
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2007 10:47:51 AM »

if that works out w/ 1 inch... then go and start the sweater. if it doesn't fit, there's always things you can do to make it fit

it's just yarn... if it comes out too small, you can always frog and try again.


but you might want to wait to see what the others say first.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2007 11:03:34 AM »

First, it's a good idea to use more stitches for your sample than what the pattern says for gauge. The edge stitches are usually a little looser and won't be the same size as the stitches in the middle. So for 20 sts in 4", it's good to co 25 so you get a good measure of the middle 4". If you have 5sts/inch or 10 sts/2", sounds like you're okay.

Next, row gauge doesn't matter quite as much, and is harder to get and still have the same stitch gauge which is much more important. You can always knit a few rows more or less to get the measurement needed for length, than to tack on or take off stitches for the width. Most patterns will instruct you to knit for X inches rather than X rows. However, I've noticed that going up or down a size doesn't affect the sts/inch so much as it does change the rows per inch, so that's another thing that could be handy to know.

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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2007 11:16:25 AM »

Some people knit their purl stitches looser than their knits in stockinette.... so if you are knitting the sweater on circs and swatching on straights, that might help shrink up your row gauge a bit in the actual project since you won't be purling at all.  I've even heard of some people who use a smaller needle on their purl rows to tighten up that gauge.

But yeah, don't worry too much about row gauge vs. stitch gauge - you can always add and subtract rows to get the right length.
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2007 12:11:42 PM »

Also, are you blocking your swatches? It can make a big difference.
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