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Re: Gauge Problem
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: September 23, 2009 10:54AM

To add to KT's advice, I'd also be curious as to whether the gauge swatch was to be knit to stockinette or to the cable pattern. Cables always pull the fabric in laterally, sometimes to the extent that it makes a huge difference in gauge. For that reason, a good designer (or editor) will give you instructions for two gauge swatches or will specify which you are to follow. If you are knitting a stockinette-specified swatch and you are that far off. I would strongly suggest working with two different needle sizes until you get the proper gauge. You could be in big trouble when you start the cables.

Here's the reason: As stated above, all cables affect the width of the fabric. Some cables can act like a ribbing and cut the width of the fabric nearly in half.

This tendency can be blocked out, or it can be pushed out when the fabric is worn (think of how cables might be distorted over the bustline), but is that the desired effect? Sometimes yes (somewhat flattened, blocked-out cables are often a design feature), sometimes no (distorted cables don't usually look very good).

Subject Written By Posted
  Gauge Problem Cathy 09/22/2009 07:12PM
  Re: Gauge Problem KT 09/23/2009 10:16AM
  Re: Gauge Problem Alex 09/23/2009 10:54AM
  Re: Gauge Problem Cathy 09/23/2009 01:24PM
  Re: Gauge Problem JJKnitter 09/23/2009 10:41PM

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