Obtaining Gauge

I’m getting ready to start a sweater made from Tahki Cotton Classic. The pattern was done specifically for this yarn, so I thought obtaining gauge would be a cinch! I tried the pattern stitch on #6 needles as recommended. I’m supposed to get 28 stitches to 4 inches. I only got 24. I tried again with #5 needles. This time I got 26 stitches to 4 inches. Obviously, if I go down to #4, I’m probably going to get gauge. I am, however, a little concerned that I’m having to go down TWO needles sizes to do this. Should I be concerned? I’ve never had to adjust more than one size either way to get gauge. Anyone got any advice? Many thanks for your thoughts and experiences.

It could just be that the person who knit the sweater at that gauge is a loose knitter and you are a tighter knitter. As long as you like the fabric that the size 4 creates, then that’s what’s going to work.

Some people automatically have to go up or down 2 sizes for every pattern, so it’s not an unusual thing.