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kamikat
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PostSubject: another gauge question   Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:54 am

Gauge swatches are killing me! It's not a vintage pattern, but it's a simple, timeless cardi. I'm using the yarn that the pattern calls for and having trouble getting my gauge right. The pattern calls for size 8 needles. On size 8 needles, my swatch is 1/2in too small. On size 9 needles, my swatch is almost 1in too big. What do you recommend? Does the needle make a difference (ie, bamboo vs metal)? Here is the pattern http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTsitcomchic.html
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PostSubject: Re: another gauge question   Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:10 am

I would certainly try a different needle and see if that helps. I've found that sometimes different brands of needles can make a difference.

Not that I'm an expert in anyway- knitting takes me an awfully long time!

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PostSubject: Re: another gauge question   Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:27 am

YIKES!
I never do a gauge swatch!

One thing I know is that vintage needles seem to be different sizes than new ones, so I always check that.

It could also be your tension...if you knit looser or more tightly than the person who wrote the pattern, it will be off a little. Make sure your yarn is exactly what is called for, and check the yarn label for the right needle size.

If all that is right, then just keep goofing around with different needle sizes til you get it right!
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PostSubject: Re: another gauge question   Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:15 pm

EVERY needle is different.

Have you e-mailed the designer?

Also, register for Knitty; that is an extremely popular pattern, I'm sure other people have had the same issues.

There is an entire forum dedicated to Knitty patterns. I suspect you will find multiple threads about that sweater. People on Knitty are very friendly and helpful. It's the other forum I go to (not a joke; I spend a lot of time there).

Check your needles in a needle gauge. It's entirely possible that they are not really the size they claim to be. Each manufacturer is a bit off from the next.
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PostSubject: Re: another gauge question   Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:28 am

http://www.knittyboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=36699&highlight=sitcom+chic

Here's a link to one of the threads.

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PostSubject: Re: another gauge question   Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:32 pm

Well, I picked up the latest issue of Interweave Knits and found a pattern that calls for exactly the gauge that I was coming up with in my swatch. The sleeves are very modern, but the torso of the sweater is similar to several 40's styled patterns that I've seen.
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