So, I’ve never really done a pattern before where row gauge was critical to the shaping, so I’ve never had this issue arise before.
I was looking over a pattern I purchased for a baby hat I’d like to make and was pleased to note that I can get stitch gauge close enough with some lovely yarn I already have on hand, despite the fact that neither the needle size nor the yarn weight match those called for (I’ve been doing 21 sts to 4 inches with sport weight on another project, vs 22 sts with DK that this pattern calls for). However, the row gauge is WAY off–about 24 sts to 4 inches vs 32.
This seems an obvious problem: since the pattern involves lots of shaping with increases and decreases to snugly fit a baby head, I can’t simply drop a few rows and achieve exact same shapes.
So anyway, I’m hoping appeal to more experienced knitters for suggestions of what might be some practical solutions in situations like this…?