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Confusion with yarn weight and requested gauge for scarf pattern

Hey all,
I'm very new to knitting, and I'm making a scarf from a pattern that can be found here:
http://www.freevintageknitting.com/scarf-pattern/botany2/scarf

I appologize if this is just a dumb mistake, but the specific part that confuses me is:
"MATERIALS: BOTANY CLASSIC SPORT, 1 oz. skeins,
Color A-5 skeins Color B-5 skeins
KNITTING NEEDLES: 1 pair "Boye" Non-Inflammable Needles, Size 6 -OR SIZE YOU REQUIRE TO KNIT TO GAUGE GIVEN BELOW.

GAUGE: 10 sts = 1 inch 29 rows = 4 inches"

I was under the impression that 10 spi was more like a super fine or lace weight than a sport size, yet the pattern calls for Botany Classic Sport. DId they mean 10 sts per 4 inches? Can I make the gauge that small for sport weight, even with the smallest size needles? Which yarn should I use?

Thanks,
CLSchwein

 
alex wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

looks about right to me

After I looked at the picture I think the directions look about right. If your 1x1 is even and firm it can close right up so that the purls don't show on either side (without blocking). Without stretching the piece it would look like 5 knit stitches to the inch. You might even expect sport on size 6 needles to get more stitches to the inch.

 
clschwein wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Thanks

Ah I see, I didn't know that the stitching could affect the gauge that much. Thank you, I'll have to try out some different needle sizes!

 
KT wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

The pattern is done in a 1x1

The pattern is done in a 1x1 rib stitch so it will pull in more than if it were stockinette stitch.

What I would do is knit some swatches in 1x1 rib with different size needles to determine which size gives me the fabric I like best. Then I would measure the stitch gauge for that swatch and use it to determine how many stitches to cast-on for a 9 inch wide scarf. Even though this is a sport weight yarn worked in rib, 90 stitches still seems like a lot to me.

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