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« on: January 13, 2009 01:39:23 PM »

I'm sure this has a really obvious answer, but as a relatively novice knitter, I haven't really done many projects where gauge is important.

If a certain size needle gives you a gauge that is smaller than called for in a pattern, can you use that same needle size and just do the next largest pattern size (a large instead of a medium, for example?)
I don't have a ton of money to spend on needles just now, and I'm trying to make my stash take me further.

« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009 05:58:17 PM »

What you need to do is figure out how many inches you get with YOUR gauge and YOUR needles - then adjust to that in the pattern. For example, you get 4" with 20 stitches -  then look at the pattern and if you need, say, 36 inches, you would need 9 times 20 stitches ... compare that against the pattern and adjust accordingly.

Hope this is clearer than mud ... I'm sure soozeq could answer much more clearly and hopefully she will stop by!

« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009 08:13:44 PM »

You rang?   heeheee, I saw the OP at work, but can't answer from there.

Basically you do need to figure out what gauge you get. If you are doing 5 sts/inch and the pattern is for 5 sts/per inch, 34 inches is 170 sts for that size the pattern, but it's 187 for your gauge. So if there's a size that has close to 187 sts front and back, you can follow the instructions for that, but you'd need to adjust the length for your normal size. Same going the other way - if you have 4 sts per inch, 34" is 153 sts and you'd look for a smaller size.

To knit a gauge square, CO about 4-8 more stitches than it says you need for 4". This is because the edge sts curl under and aren't the same size as in the center of the row. Then you measure 4" in the middle and see where you are. More sts/inch means your gauge is too small and you need a larger size; less sts/inch, your gauge is too big and you need to make a smaller size.

But yes, it can be done, I always do it like that (or make up my own patterns) because I don't like using as small a needle as patterns do, so I knit on needles about 3 sizes larger.

« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009 05:35:35 PM »

You rang?   heeheee, I saw the OP at work, but can't answer from there.

You CAN'T? You poor thing! That's the only place I DO respond from!!!!! Hooray for Thailand and its easy-going nature!

« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009 06:50:16 PM »

Technically, we're only supposed to use the internet to look up work related sites, news and weather are okay. But anything else is not allowed, especially if you have to log in, even personal email. I work late and it's very slow after 6 and fewer supervisors, so will look at a few sites, but I don't log in.

« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009 03:40:19 PM »

Ah, I see ... kind of hard to keep your fingers from the keyboard at times, I imagine, with fingers just itching to type an answer!

« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2009 05:11:30 PM »

Thank you for your help! I absolutely despise doing gauge tests, but I suppose it's something I'll just have to do :-/ And buy the right size needles, even though I really can't afford it :-D

« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2009 08:03:46 PM »

Don't think of it as a gauge swatch or test... think of it as trying out your yarn to knit it and see how it looks. That much more knitting...

You don't have to get different needles though if you like the fabric you get on your sample. You can knit another size of the pattern, but you need to know which size so you have to knit a little to find out how many stitches per inch you get.

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