Not getting the correct number of stitches per 4 inches

This is such a great website! Especially when you are knitting a gift for your knitting mentor and you can’t ask her :joy:

I knitted my swatch with size 8 needles, trying to get 17 sets to 4”…I got 23 sets to 4”. Is there an easy way to figure out the correct size needles to use? Thank you so much!

All the best, Michelle

What is the name of your pattern and what is the name of the yarn that you’re using?
You’ll need to go up in needle size to get near gauge. The general rule is going up a US needle size changes the gauge by 0.5stitches per inch. So theoretically you would need to go up 3 needle sizes to a US size 11 needle. Maybe try a US10. It’s quite a change and it makes me wonder about the yarn that you’re using.

Thank you so much for answering, it did help a great deal! The original pattern used a yarn that is no longer available. The pattern is in a book called Knitovation with the pattern named Lola. I found a yarn that is the same fiber percentages. The yarn I am using is Winterglow, 51% Wool and 49% Acrylic. I will try a swatch with 10 needles. Thank you again!


Is this your yarn?

Thanks, GG.
That yarn seems consistent with the yarn choices used by the Ravelry project knitters. See if the change in needle size gets you closer to gauge and gives you a knit fabric that you like. It’s going to be a fun project.

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Yes :nerd_face:

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Thank you so much! It will be fun!