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« on: February 02, 2008 06:03:50 PM »

I have this fabulous amount of Malabrigo Merino worsted that I ordered to make my first sweater ever...the Tilted Duster from Interweave Knits.

Now, I've avoided anything that requires having to knit a gauge swatch - shame on me.

The gauge is asking for 17 sts and 21 rows = 4 in St st. If Im going to gauge correctly.I should have about 4.25 stitches per inch going across in my little susan bates gauge knit check metal plate correct? And about 5.25 stitches in a inch for each row, correct?

I was watching thisHow to Gauge on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR_JyJgoGm4

My 3rd swatch with regular tension using 9's came up 4 stitches per inch horizontally and 5 stitches per inch going vertically. Something tells me Im totally overthinking this.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2008 06:46:02 PM by tinytallgirl » THIS ROCKS   Logged

What the deuce?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008 09:05:13 PM »

Try going down a needle size, and it's probably better to measure over 3 or 4 inches total rather than break it down per inch. That helps with the and st thing...

« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008 10:19:54 AM »

I've currently got swatch #4 on #8 needles.  Makes me a bit leery that it's 2 sizes down from what's originally requested.

Does it seem so far that I understood what they were asking for in the gauge requested of 17sts and 21 rows - 4'?

Sorry to constantly regurgitate, just want to make sure that I get this right. 

**shame, shame, shame on me for avoiding patterns with specific gauges**

What the deuce?
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008 10:34:25 AM »

Yes 17 sts over 4 inches (not 4 feet) and don't worry about getting row gauge so much. Hardly anyone does and most patterns say to work for X inches, not xx rows so you can go by the measurement you need. Cast on about 22 sts and measure the 4 inches in the middle; the end sts can wind up being a little different size and in stockinette will curl under, so they're hard to measure.

« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008 11:25:57 AM »

You're the best...I really appreciate your help with this.

I was driving myself bonkers with over thinking gauge, gauge swatches and the requested gauge in patterns.

I'm almost done knitting my swatch in 8's and hopefully it'll give me what I'm looking for.  It seems that the swatch in 9's might work nicely as well. 

If there's one thing that's to be learned here is patience...which I lack, especially when I'm so excited about a pattern.

What the deuce?
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