Guage question

I want to start a new project. It calls for size 8 and size 10 needles. I usually have to go up a size, so I knit the swatch with 10 1/2 needles and the guage is just about right. (Pattern said to knit the swatch with the 10s.)

So…the 8s are for the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater. Since I have to go up a size for the main part should I knit the ribbing with 9s instead of 8s?

Also, when I switch needle sizes, do I just slip out the smaller ones and slip in the larger ones? (sorry…I’m a relatively new knitter.)

Thanks so much for your help!


I’d probably do the ribbing on 9s, it’s the closest to keeping in ratio with the increase of the other needle.

You can just knit off the 9s onto the 10 1/2s when you come to that row, no need to slip over!

Thanks! That helps!