I’d like to make the “Odessa” hat, which seems like a project I can master, but gosh, I just can’t get gauge!!! :hair:
I couldn’t find Rowan Cashsoft DK, so I bought some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, which is practically identical in fiber content and I believe it is identical in gauge (and boy, this yarn is just SOOOO YUMMY!!! I LOVE it!!!)
The gauge listed in the pattern is 26 sts x 33 rows = 4" on size 6 (4mm) needles in the hat pattern knit circularly.
Cashmerino’s gauge is 22 sts x 30 rows = 4" on size 6 (4mm) needles.
Whenever I’ve knit in the round in the past, my gauge has [I][U]always[/U][/I] been the same as knitting flat, so I never do a gauge swatch in the round–I’ll just do a gauge swatch in stockinette knit flat, and it’s never been a problem. I figured I’d just try doing a stockinette gauge swatch knit flat for this hat. Well, normally, I always have to go up a size in needles, so I’ll automatically try my gauge swatch in the next size up needles. I didn’t hit gauge using 7’s (4.5mm), and then I even tried size 8’s (5mm), and I still am coming up with my gauge swatch larger than 4"–how can this be??? The yarn is DK…I can’t imagine that using size 9’s (5.5mm) will be okay. Is it really possible that I’d have to use 9’s??? I mean, I knit a [I][U]little[/U][/I] bit tight, but not [I][U]that[/U][/I] tight!
Long story short, I guess my question is, do I [I][U]really[/U][/I] have to do a gauge swatch in the round, in the hat pattern? :ick:It just seems like it’s going to be a lot of time and work for just a gauge swatch. :verysad: