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« on: October 02, 2005 02:44:31 PM »

i'm pretty new to knitting...i've made a few hats and a stuffed dinosaur, and i figure that it's about time i do a sweater. the sweater calls for bulky yarn, but i saw this yarn in the most amazing color and it's sooooooo soft at worsted weight, so i bought that. the swatch they say to make should come out to about 4"x4" on 10.5 needles. i did one on size 10 needles that came out to around 3x3.5 :-/

i am a poor high school student. i cannot afford new needles. the pattern gives different sizes...the sweater is supposed to look oversized, so size medium has a 42" chest, and size large is 47". since my gauge is smaller, can i just make the large and it would come out smaller than it is supposed to, perhaps closer to the medium?

or, if the pattern says i'm supposed to have 3.25 stitches per inch, and i end up getting about 4.3, could i possibly set up a ratio that would tell me how many stitches to cast on using my gauge in relation to the gauge in the pattern?

i'm sorry if these questions are really basic or stupid, but as this is my first sweater and everything, i thought i should ask some people with more experience before i set to work.

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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2005 03:15:32 PM »

did you try double stranding it?

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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2005 03:18:30 PM »

You can also try going up a needle size or two.  But since it is supposed to be bulky weight, you will likely have to  use double strands of it or just resize it by adding more stitches and having more rows too.

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2005 11:47:04 PM »

'kay. it does take maths. But say the pattern says 'cast on 32 stitches', and the gauge is 4st to an inch. They are effectively saying 'cast on 8 inches'.
So you look at your 6 stitch to an inch gauge, and go 'Okay, I need to cast on 6x8, which is 48 stitches).
No fast ratio, just gotta do the conversions.
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2005 04:45:17 AM »

You can also try going up a needle size or two.  But since it is supposed to be bulky weight, you will likely have to  use double strands of it or just resize it by adding more stitches and having more rows too.
The thing about double-stranding is that it takes way more yarn.

First of all, I think you should knit another gauge swatch. It should be larger than 4 inches square. When you've finished it, steam it or wash it gently and let it dry. Then mark off 4 inches of stitches across a row and count the number of stitches. You'll get a more accurate measurement than when you measure the swatch edge to edge.

When you're subbing yarns of a different gauge, you want to be very precise about these things.

Then you can follow the instructions for a larger size, but you will probably have to do some fiddling with the frequency of decreases/increases if there's any of that kind of shaping.
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2005 01:02:37 AM »

Ok, the answer is probably obvious, but it's not coming to me, and I am no good at mental math.
Question:  If my pattern says 18.5 st = 4" (in the pattern) but the project is knit in the round on DPNs, should I do the gauge swatch in the round on DPNs?  And how do I measure .5 of a stitch??

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2005 07:28:10 AM »

Personally, I would do the guage swatch in the round for something such as this. Gauge is often different in the round when compared to flat knitting {row guage in particular}. The easiest {best?} way to double check if you're getting the half a stitch is to make sure that your measurable portion of the swatch {since you make your swatch larger than the 4" called for} at least 8 inches, that will give you a full number of stitches over 8", in this case 37. You can just eyeball it though. Another trick I recently learned is to use a sleeve of the pattern as your guage swatch. That way if your guage is on, you have actually accomplished something towards the completion of your project. Clear as mud?

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