Gauge problems! Help!

Pattern states guage should be 22sts and 30 rows = 4in

I’m getting 18sts and 25 rows = 4in

I know my yarn is bigger than the one called for in the pattern, do I go down in my needle size? I’m on 6’s now, should I try 4’s?

Thanks!
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Yes, try dropping a size or two and try again.

I would try a 5 first. When doing gauge swatches, it good to go up or down by 1 needle size.
Hopes this helps.

If you go down a needle size or 2 with thicker yarn, you might get gauge, but could end up with a very stiff, rough piece of knitting. Try it, but if you don’t like how it looks or feels, consider either using thinner yarn, or makeing a smaller size of whatever it is - with a larger gauge, you need less stitches to get the same measurements.