Help with gauge

I (finally!!) got my yarn to make the Jayne hat on http://redshirtknitting.com/?page_id=22.

I’m substituting alpaca for the acrylic. The alpaca seems to be worsted weight so I didn’t think that I would have a problem

BUT

I just finished my swatch and instead of getting 4 x 4 from 10 stitches x 15 rows, i’m getting 3 x 2.

I really don’t think that the difference will be that important because a lot of it is just “knit in this color for 3 inches” kind of stuff but I don’t know how to make the adjustments so it will fit around my head.

I’m sure there is a mathy answer but i’m not a mathy person.

Help?

Try this:

http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/OrderForms/conversion%20pages/ConversionPage.html

It says it’s for sweaters, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with hats.

Here’s what you should do to get an accurate gauge swatch:

cast on 26 stitches

Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) for 3 rows.

Then, knit 3, purl 20, knit 3
Knit across

Repeat those last 2 rows 10 times

then Knit 3 rows of garter stitch, and BO.

This will give you a stockinette stitch “window” of 20 stitches and 20 rows, with a 3 stitch/row garter border.

To accurately measure gauge: measure JUST the stockinette window, to the closest 8th of an inch.

Then, divide 20 by whatever your measurement is.

For instance, if your “window” measures 3 and 5/8ths, you would divide 20 by 3.625, which equals 5.51 stitches per inch.

Good decimals to memorize:
7/8ths = .875
5/8ths = .625
3/8ths = .375

If you have too many stitches per inch, go UP a needle size. If you have too few stitches per inch, go down a needle size.

Hope that helps!
:thumbsup:

That’s exactly what I needed! The conversion link worked out that I needed to cast on 63 but I’ve been waiting months to make this hat so I’m going to double check everything with Hildegard’s way

Thank you! xxx