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« on: September 03, 2006 02:51:47 PM »

Hi everybody! I just started knitting the Marseilles Pullover from Summer 2006 Interweave Knits (literally, I'm about 4 rows in  Smiley)  and I already have a gauge question...

The gauge is listed as followed: 20 sts and 25 1/2 rows = 4" in k1, p4 rib on larger needles after blocking; 70 center sts of cable chart =12" wide after blocking, with suggested needle sizes of 8 and 7. (Smaller needles are only used on the neckband) I knitted a few swatches for the rib, and had to go two sizes to a 6 and got a tiny bit smaller than gauge when stretching the rib only slightly...but didn't block.

I figured I'd be okay, but I started knitting the back and it is HUGE. Like, about 3" bigger than the recommended measurement for the back. I haven't gotten to the cable part yet--just the 4X1 ribbing on the bottom. Anyway, I'm wondering--this is an Aran sweater, will the cables pulling in the fabric account for a 3" difference? Or should I go down a few more sizes?

I'm thoroughly confuzzled  Undecided Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2006 06:48:42 PM »

The pattern I'm working on now has cables down the sides and that does the shaping on it's own.  Cable's do bring the fabric in b/c a lot of stitches are being worked over each other and the rib should shrink it a little too.  If your gauge is right and you measured yourself right then I think it should probably work out.  I would just keep trying it on as I went through to make sure and also check IK corrections page and make sure nothing gets added.  What's everyone else think???
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2006 09:54:13 AM »

Hi everybody! I just started knitting the Marseilles Pullover from Summer 2006 Interweave Knits (literally, I'm about 4 rows in  Smiley)  and I already have a gauge question...

The gauge is listed as followed: 20 sts and 25 1/2 rows = 4" in k1, p4 rib on larger needles after blocking; 70 center sts of cable chart =12" wide after blocking, with suggested needle sizes of 8 and 7. (Smaller needles are only used on the neckband) I knitted a few swatches for the rib, and had to go two sizes to a 6 and got a tiny bit smaller than gauge when stretching the rib only slightly...but didn't block.

I figured I'd be okay, but I started knitting the back and it is HUGE. Like, about 3" bigger than the recommended measurement for the back. I haven't gotten to the cable part yet--just the 4X1 ribbing on the bottom. Anyway, I'm wondering--this is an Aran sweater, will the cables pulling in the fabric account for a 3" difference? Or should I go down a few more sizes?

I'm thoroughly confuzzled  Undecided Any suggestions?

Socks that I have done that are heavily cabled do pull in a bit (quite a bit). 

Don't forget there will be 1" lost for side seams, unless you are knitting in the round. 

I suggest re-measuring when you get into the patterned area after having knit a chunk of it.
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