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Re: knitting gauge
Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: July 23, 2007 11:46AM

To expand on Alex's advice, the gauge on yarn ball bands are suggested gauges for a garment such as a sweater. This suggested gauge, if achieved, should create a reasonably drapey fabric without being too open or loose.

Knitters who work tight might routinely go up one or two needle sizes to achieve a suggested gauge. Knitters who work loose might routinely go down one or two needles sizes to achieve a suggested gauge.

It sounds as if you are trying to bend gauge to meet your preference in needle size and that will not work. Gauge determines the size of your products and what it looks like. Yarn knit to a tight gauge will be dense and firm, and if knit tight enough even stiff. Yarn knit to a very loose gauge will be drapey and open in texture. Both of these extremes have their uses but generally knitters try to achieve something inbetween and fits the needs of what they are making.

You didn't say what you wanted to make. If you are making a blanket, to go to a looser gauge isn't that big a deal in most instances. Working to a looser gauge will effect the amount of yarn you will need for the project. If you are making something fitted such as a sweater or vest, the pattern gauge will be very important to determine whether you get something that fits or not.

And by the way, a gauge swatch should not be thought of as cast-on enough stitches to measure 4 inches. Gauge swatches should be planned to be worked at least six inches wide or more, so that you can measure for your gauge in the center stitches. Edge stitches distort gauge.

Subject Written By Posted
  knitting gauge Mama B 07/20/2007 05:39PM
  Re: knitting gauge Alex 07/20/2007 10:26PM
  Re: knitting gauge KT 07/23/2007 11:46AM

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