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« on: August 24, 2008 03:35:17 PM »

So I wanted to make Knitty's Swell (http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/PATTswell.html) for my sea obsessed boyfriend, who has a birthday coming up...

But I can't get the gauge right! I have swatched on every needle size I have (I'm using the yarn the pattern suggests..) from the 3.25mm suggested by the pattern, right up to a 6mm! Even after I've almost doubled my needle size, the minimum number of stitches I can get it down to is 18.

I can't really go up any more, the fabric's looking loose as it is! I really want to make this, but its driving me crazy! Is there something I'm missing? Am I just being genuinely dense? Any suggestions as to what I could do?

I would be eternally greatfull for any help! Thank you!
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008 05:09:20 PM »

Are you using a similar weight yarn or one that's thinner?

« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008 10:40:48 AM »

I'm using exactly the same yarn as in the pattern.
I'm maybe thinking of just going for a 5.5mm needle, where I get 5 stitches to the inch, and making a smaller size?

Or is that a recipe for disaster?!
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008 10:57:01 AM »

If it's the same size yarn and you use a large needle, you'll get a looser stitch which you've already found out, or a bigger hat. How many sts are you knitting the swatch on? You need to CO at least 20 and measure the sts in the center, the edge sts may not be the same size and curl under. And, if it's a flat swatch, you may purl looser than you knit so that's giving you a different gauge. Try casting on about 30 sts and knit in the round to see if you can get gauge with the 5.5s.

« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008 11:06:12 AM »

hmmm.  How big of a swatch are you knitting?  I know I usually get sick of them before they really show me anything useful and stop too early.  

I just checked the websitre for Cascade 220 and it says that you should get a guage of 4.5 stitches per inch on #8's.  The guage the pattern list is 4.125 stitches per inch on #5's.  To me  that would mean that you would have to go up quite a bit and that the creator of the pattern is probably a very loose knitter, bless her.  I knit with a death grip.  

Now if you plan on changing the size of the hat, you should go up a size to compensate for your guage having more stitches per inch then what the pattern asks for.

I hope something helps here.  I tend to ramble, lol


« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008 11:34:34 AM »

Hmm! All the swatches I've done so far have been at least 25 stitches across and maybe 20 rows down, to try and get a decent middle section! I think I'm going to just risk it on the 5.5, as foolish as it may be! At least then I know I'm only getting 1 extra stitch per inch.. I'm planning to line it with fleece after (to keep out the cold cornish wind!) so if it is a little big, that should help? We'll see! If nothing else, it will be an adventure!

Thanks very much for all your help! It was very very much appreciated.
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2008 10:14:20 AM »

Crazy, I'm about to work on the same hat and line it as well Smiley  Thanks for the heads up on gauge.  I guess I'll actually have to swatch.  Barf.  He he he!

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