Hi everyone! Pattern-deciphering gauge-related question here, would so so appreciate any insight.
I just bought the pattern “Virginia,” a sweater by Helga Isager, and got all of the yarn, and am so excited to get started. I did my due diligence making a swatch and found my gauge was significantly off, so I went about trying to do the math to see if knitting a size up would work, only to notice that the pattern has the body of the sweater knitted on size 7 needles but has the gauge for size 6 needles. Size 6 needles are used nowhere in the pattern except for the gauge and in the directions provided for making a swatch. What is this about?! Does anyone have an explanation as to why a pattern would do this?
Thank you so much to anyone who took the time to read!