Gauge

Hi,

I’m making a sweater that calls for a size 5 needle indicating that 1 inch=7 rows, and 5 stitches = 1 inch.

My Reality: 9.4 rows = 1 inch and 6.06 stitches = 1, inch.

My question is do I increase the size I want which means going from small = between large and 1x or do I increase my needle size? 6? Or 7?

Thought appreciated!!

I guess the answer to your question depends on what size garment you are trying to make. If you need the smaller size, then, of course, you’ll need to use a larger needle to get the right gauge. If you want to make a larger size, you could use the size 5 needles and follow the smaller sized pattern (since your gauge is more stitches per inch than what is recommended).

Personally, though, I’d try to get the right gauge by using a larger needle. That way you’ll have a pretty good idea of the final size of the garment.

Also note that in [U]most[/U] patterns, it’s more important to get the number of stitches per inch than the number of rows per inch. Most patterns allow you to add rows until you hit the right length.

Can you give us a name and/or link to your pattern, please?

Can’t find the pattern online.

I will try and figure out the guage by increasing the needle size. Any guide if I should go to a 6 or skip directly to a 7?

Thank you

Good idea to try a larger needle size. More stitches per inch will make a tighter fabric and that’s not what the pattern is calling for. It could make an appreciable difference. If I thought I were more likely to make gauge by going up 2 sizes, I’d try a needle 2 sizes larger first. It all comes down to trying whatever sizes until you get the one that works. If you’re working cables, looser is better.

Thank you!

Fingers crossed

What’s the name of your pattern? What are you making? It might be on ravelry.com or someone might have it.

I looked on real very and it is not listed. I tried it with a 7 needle and 100 stitches (vs a 5 needle and 94 stitches)and it is still too small. So strange that I could be so far off. I’m even using the yarn recommended in the pattern.

I meant Ralvery. Ah the dangers of auto spell-check

The gauge is pretty small for size 5 needles - are they 5mm/8US -maybe? That would give you about 5 sts per inch. Always go up in needle size until you match the stitch gauge; the row gauge isn’t quite as important as lengths are usually given in inches. Rather than CO 100 sts, try about 25 sts and knit for 3 or 4" and then measure your sts per inch, a larger piece will give you a more accurate measure.

The needle as per the pattern are size 5(3.75mm). I tried 7 and that did not work. Should I try 8 or 9 or throw the dice- haha.

Thanks much!!

What yarn does the pattern specify and what yarn are you using. A name for the pattern might be helpful.

Check a couple of things. Is the gauge swatch done in stockinette stitch or is it in a pattern stitch? Are you knitting a good sized swatch (about 5" x 5") so that you can measure gauge accurately over the center 4 inches?
Pattern gauge is 5sts/inch. On the size 5 needle you get 6sts/inch. How many sts/inch are you getting with the size 7?
Which pattern in the VK winter 2008 issue are you making?

Yes, definitely try a size 8. Are you using a similar yarn to what’s in the pattern? If you’re not sure, let us know both what the pattern uses and what you have. But you should be able to get the 5 sts per inch with the 8s.

Try the 8s. Depending on the yarn, an 8 will give me 4-5 sts to the inch. 5 sounds awfully small.