Gauge: stockinette stitch vs. garter stitch


I’m getting ready to start knitting a sweater-vest for myself.

The pattern I’m using is worked in garter stitch all the way through, but I was thinking of using stockinette stitch instead (knitting the first three stitches so it won’t curl). I was just wondering if using a different stitch than the pattern calls for will mess up my gauge; I am supposed to have 17 stitches for every 4 inches. I made a couple of swatches using sizes 7 and 8 needles, and I’m going to wash and dry them soon. I’ve never really bothered about checking gauge, but since I’m trying to make this fit [I]without[/I] taking it out a few times, I decided that it might be a good idea this time!

If stockinette stitch will make things more complicated, I’ll probably just follow the pattern like it’s written. What do ya’ll think?

KG :wink:

It will change it some. Garter stitches are basically square and stockinette stitches are narrower and longer. You will have to compensate.

A regular swatch is a good idea. But to get an idea how different they look also cast on say 20 stitches and just do garter. Now cast on 20 stitches and do stockinette for a couple inches. The garter o e is probably bigger.

I agree that a couple of gauge swatches will tell you what you need to change to get the size you want. A little math and you should be good to go.

Thanks, ladies!! I appreciate the help.

I think, since this is my first sweater, I’ll just “follow the pattern blindly” and work it in garter stitch. I fear that if I add too many variables (different needle size, different stitch, etc.), it will end up being too big or too small. Maybe next time around, I can get more adventurous…:teehee:

KG :wink:

What pattern are you using?

Sorry, GrumpyGramma. I thought I attached the pattern. Oops!

California Sun vest.doc (112 KB)

I found this pattern on Ravelry, and it appeared that the people who had made the vest found it relatively easy. Hopefully it’ll prove to be a challenge that’s not [I]too[/I] challenging!

KG :wink:

That looks like fun to knit and for myself, the garter stitch gives it a nicer drape than stockinette stitch would. Have fun knitting it (and remember to do a gauge swatch–it’s a time-saver).

That’s really cute!

I really like that pattern, I think I’ll give it a go…what’s one more project ONT? LOL
Once you’ve made it I think you’ll be able to play around and make some changes, but part of it’s charm is the garter stitch IMHO, as mentioned above.

Yay!! :yay: That’ll be fun to see someone else make the same project. Be sure to post some pics when your done! I’ll do the same.

KG :wink:

I look forward to seeing your FO! It should be a fun knit. I’m not good at posting pictures and have so many things OTN already it could be a while before I get to this one. I’ll have to free up some needles. :eyes: