I usually can figure out gauge with a swatch, but I am working on a stocking pattern that I am really having trouble with. If I change my needle size to achieve the gauge stitch width, the row width becomes an issue and the stocking will be way too long. It is a detailed stocking pattern with designs in each area of color. There is not really a place where I can reduce the amount of rows to get an appropriate height because it messes up the design. I might just have to have a really long stocking because the width is more important than the height, but I am trying to match the height of other like stockings that my aunt made. Any ideas?