Gauge - the confusion continues...

I have this lovely pattern “Hot Tanks and Tees” by Westminster Fibres… One pattern in the book shows 20 sts by 28 rows and another shows 20 sts by 24 rows, both using a 4.5 mm needle to test gauge. How can you possibly get a different number of rows in 4 inches using the same needles…

Also, although this one is just a head scratcher, wouldn’t it be nice when purchasing on line if the yarn showed the gauge right up front rather than having to go an extra step to get into the details of the yarn, just to find out it’s the wrong gauge. I mean lets face it… You can go into the same thread weight and get two different gauges… One of life’s small mysteries, I guess…:roll_eyes:

I still would like to know about this 20 x 24 vs 20x28 though…:thinking:

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Maybe those 2 different patterns are made by 2 different people?? That’s the only thing I can think of as to why they would be different.


It might be differences in the yarns recommended in the patterns or the yarns used to knit the test samples?
Webs Yarns has an extensive collection of yarn from various manufacturers and search results always give gauge on the search page. It’s a wonderful source.

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Great to know!!! I will definitely check it out…:blush:

Different yarns used, perhaps?

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So many variables can affect gauge, even when same needle size is specified, not the least of which is different yarn manufacturers citing same weight.

That doesn’t even begin to touch on the variability among knitters themselves.

For the four row difference, the patterns must be made with different yarns. Are they?

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Is the pattern based on four rows? Maybe one is a little shorter than the other? Without the pattern I am just guessing. I hope you come up with an answer.

Good question!!! Salmonmac asked the same question… I will check in the morning and let you know… I learned something new today… Thanks!!!

Another thought…I’ve got two gauge rulers which size up my needles differently…seems to be off a half size…I own a couple dozen gauge rulers, too…some are just perhaps ‘British compared to USA’?

I would say different types of yarn. And don’t sweat it. Try to get as close to the recommended gauge as closely as you can. You may have to add or subtract stitches to get it. My daughter has beautiful tight gauge. Mine is so loose you could run a truck through it. Keep in mind that the professional designers are master knitters. They take knitting course and have to know advanced techniques. They learn different types of knitting like combination, English, and Continental so they can teach classes. They have to get perfect gauge to get the license. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t match what the pattern instructions or yarn label says you should. Sometimes I wonder about the pattern when they have you knitting hats in size 9, 10, and 13 sizes but you can see through them. And others call themselves worsted weight #4 but are mire like a #3, like Caron Simply soft. Those patterns always need to be adjusted or they will be too small.

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