(x-posted to various places online)
Hi everyone, I am hoping someone can help me out.
I've been knitting for the past 5 years, but I cannot for the life of me get the hang of correcting gauge!
I attempting to make the Mandarin top/blouse/thingamabob from the latest issue of Interweave, and the gauge says:
18.5 sts and 26 rows = 4" in rib patt.
So, I knitted a gauge swatch, and I got one that was just short of 4" for 18 sts, on size 9 needles.
Then, I used size 10, and knit a swatch that was 33 sts. by 18 rows,
and I got 18.5 sts and 16 rows = 4".
I am TEN ROWS OFF!
uhhhh, wth am I supposed to do about this? 16 rows is nowhere near 26 rows. How on earth do I correct the row gauge so drastically, without affecting the stitch gauge just as drastically? I really don't want to mess with a bunch of math for the sleeves/neckline adjustments if I don't have to!
Also, when making a gauge swatch, with a rib pattern, are you supposed to just set the swatch down and measure it somewhat bunched up, or are you supposed to stretch it out somewhat? I measured it just the smallest bit stretched out (so that the rib was visible, I don't want it to be skintight as I'm not small by any stretch of the imagination. It doesn't specify anywhere in what state it was measured, so does anyone have experience with that?
Finally, in relation to this:
I could have sworn knitty had an in-depth article about just this very thing (correcting gauge, I mean) in the last issue (winter), but I cannot for the life of me find it, although I've perused all the archives and everything I thought might have something to do with it. Anybody have a link, or know where it is?
TIA! I appreciate it.