Thanks in advance. Sorry so long...want to make sure I give all necessary info.
New to knitting - about to start a sweater and using a pattern for the first time. (#3514 Venus Cabled Cross Front Cardigan - Trendsetter Yarns)
Sizing and needle size/gauge question.
Gauge is 16sts x 23rows = 4" using size 9 needle in stockinette stitch.
"Sizes of pattern are Sm(32"),Med (35"),Lg(38"),XL(41"). Finished size is about 2" larger."
My bust is 40"
When I use size 9 needle, I get 18sts x 23rows.
When I use size 10 needle I get 17sts x 21rows.
Size 11 gives 14sts.
If I did math correctly, a size 11 needle would work if I used Med-size pattern. correct?
What size needle, and what size pattern should I use? Sorry, I've never done this before.