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woohag
« on: July 19, 2007 09:33:34 PM »

Ok, I hate the whole gauge thing but I know that, especially when knitting clothing, it's necessary...so I'm doing it.  I only have the needle size below what the pattern suggests, but I thought I should check it out anyway and see what I get.  So I cast on and did the gauge swatch which, like most others, says it should be 14 sts X 20 rows = 4".  I measured my swatch with my Boye gauge thing (the plastic white ruler), setting it at 10 sts as it says, and it came out to 3-1/2" for the 10 sts.  BUT...when I measured the 14 sts across with my tape measurer, it's exactly 4". 

WHICH ONE IS RIGHT?
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2007 05:24:02 AM »

they both are...aren't they? Huh

the guage required is based on the 14sts measurement so go with that, proportionally the 10st measurement is also right?Huh?? i thnk???

so......your guage seems spot on!
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2007 06:48:27 AM »

If your guage is consistent then I would say it is on for the 14st.
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soozeq
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2007 07:12:03 AM »

When knitting a swatch, you need to CO more stitches than the gauge for getting 4". The end sts can be a little different size, so the measurement can fool you. CO about 20 sts in this case and measure the middle ones to figure what gauge you're getting. Though if you're getting 3 sts per inch in the middle, that would right, so you're good to go.
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woohag
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2007 10:14:55 AM »

Thanks everyone!!!  At the probable risk of sounding like an idiot, I'll admit that I still don't get how the 3-1/2" at 10 sts works out to be okay, but then again math was never my strong suit so I'm just gonna take your words for it and go ahead with my project. :-)
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2007 10:52:51 AM »

I'm not sure why the Boye thing would tell you to measure 10 stitches only - the number of stitches to measure depends on what gauge!

But for the math question - it's a matter of proportion.  Gauge is a fraction:  14sts/4" = 3.5sts/1" = 10sts/2.86" (so you are right, something is off between your two measurements - that's why bigger gauge swatches are better - then you can measure several places and average them out!).  Personally I think if you measure a couple of places with a regular measuring tape and get 14 sts/4", then you are probably good to go - then I'd try and figure out the Boye gauge thingy and why it's giving different numbers!
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woohag
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2007 11:07:38 AM »

I'm not sure why the Boye thing would tell you to measure 10 stitches only - the number of stitches to measure depends on what gauge!

But for the math question - it's a matter of proportion.  Gauge is a fraction:  14sts/4" = 3.5sts/1" = 10sts/2.86" (so you are right, something is off between your two measurements - that's why bigger gauge swatches are better - then you can measure several places and average them out!).  Personally I think if you measure a couple of places with a regular measuring tape and get 14 sts/4", then you are probably good to go - then I'd try and figure out the Boye gauge thingy and why it's giving different numbers!

Thanks for this, it helps! I'm such a math idiot.  The Boye thing says on it to "place the point at 10 stitches"...that is part of what confuses me, like you say. 
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