Gauge and yarn problem. Please help!

I want to knit this tank from Berroco.
I have yarns from Laines du Nord, Soleil and the ticket says
use 5 or 6 mm needles.

Instruction says needle size 8 (5mm).
The gauge should be 11 sts= 2 inches,
and 8 rows = 1 inch in ST. st.

Well, I tried several times changing also needle sizes
but I can obtain just 10 sts= 2 inches and
7 rows = 1 inch with 4,5mm needles.

I tried 4mm needles, too, but since I’m new to
knitting, it became really tight and ugly. :verysad:
Stitches seems too crowded for the summer tank, too.

What should I do??

Niki

You can use the 4.5mm needles and make a smaller size. You’re getting 5 sts per inch, multiply that times the inches around you need and use the closest size which has that many stitches front and back.

sue

Sue,

thank you for your help!! :hug:

I understand what you mean.
Since I have just come back from work,
I will check with my knitting instruction and see how
it works.

Thanks for now.
I’ll be back.

Niki

Aw shucks… That was an easy one.

sue

OK, I’m back again. :doh:

For the size Small, bust- 38", the instruction says cast on 105 sts.

105sts divide 5 (my gauge)= 21"
same for front and back

means…
42" around. Well, that is too big for me. :??

That means I should reduce my cast on stitches and
divide with my gauge till I get the right measurement??

For example, I cast on 98 sts,
98 divide 5 = 19,6"
19,6 x 2 ( front and back) = 39,2"

Mmmmmm… Am I on the right track?
:??

Niki

:thinking:

Yes you’re doing well. It looks like it’s made in stockinette, so stitch pattern won’t be a problem. For binding off under the arms, figure out how many inches the stitches they want bound off come to, usually about 1½", then you BO the corresponding number of stitches. And for the V neck shaping, just follow the instructions, it will probably be a dec every other row. Just measure as you go along.

sue

Thank you, Sue!! :cheering:

I’m glad that I’m doing OK.
I’ll cast on today and see how it would come out.

:figureditout:

Niki

:wink:

sue