I’ve been knitting for a short-time. I’ve done 3 scarfs with another one partially completed. I’ve decided to start a sweater. It is a very simple tank. The gauge on the pattern reads 5 stitches to 1" using size 6 needles. I stitched a swatch and came up with 5.5 to 6 stitches per inch. I switched to a size 7 needle however my gauge didn’t decrease as I would’ve expected. The gauge with size 7 needles wasn’t much different than the size 6; maybe 5.5 stitches per 1". The yarn label states the gauge size to be 5.5 stitches per 1" using size 6 needles which matches my first swatch. Is it possible to switch using this gague even though the pattern calls for 5 stitches per 1"? I’m worried that the extra stitch per inch will throw the pattern off.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.