Good morning everyone!
As I’m new to the site, I’m not sure if this is the right forum for my question, so please let me know if I’m wrong.
I have just started a new Icelandic Lopi sweater, but my gauge is miles out with regard to the rows. It should be 13st x 18 rows per 4x4 inch on 6 mm in Alafoss Lopi. I have the exact wool from the company and pattern on 6 mm needles, but my gauge (which looks fine to me) comes out at 13st x 13 rows. As it is already reasonably tightly knit, I can’t see how I could possibly squeeze 5 more rows in unless I knit it incredibly tightly. I checked out some more Lopi patterns and most of them also give 13x18 as the gauge. Does anyone have any advice? As my stitch count is spot on, should I just go ahead with it and see what happens? The first fair isle jumper I did knit up in just a few days (I skipped the gauge and it came out a little tight, but blocked okay), so it wouldn’t be the end of the world to frog it and start again, or should I drop down a needle size to get more rows and risk messing up the correct stitch count? A couple of blog articles I have read say that the stitches per inch are much more important for sizing than the rows. Before I do anything else, I thought I’d ask the experts. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance,