Yet another question out there on gauge. I have a pattern that calls for a worsted weight yarn, and the gauge listed is 20 sts / 32 rows over 4 inches, and calls for size 7 needles. But, it has a note about yarn substitution, saying that if you choose to use a different yarn then they have listed, pick something with a gauge of 16 or 18 sts over 4 inches and use smaller needles.
Is this only if I decide to use a different weight of yarn, or a different yarn altogether? I would think that with the same weight, I wouldn’t need to fiddle with the gauge.
I’ve never knit a gauge swatch. I know it’s important, but I’m impatient and I’ve just never done it. It’s not that I don’t want to, okay maybe a little bit because I don’t want to…I just want to get to the pattern and not do a swatch.
So, back to the original question, if I use the same weight of yarn, but a different brand then they ask for, do I need to fiddle with needle and stitch count to obtain the substitution gauge?