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Question... - Taking Back the Knit...
... one stitch at a time
So I bought a sweater pattern and decided to tackle my first big project. I went to my LYS and got some yarn that the awesome salesgirl recommended for this sweater.
Thing is, the yarn says to use a size 7us needle for 5 sts to the inch. My pattern requires 4.5 to the inch so I bought the yarn thinking that my size 8's would be fine.
Thing is, I'm getting a mixed sort of reading from my gauge swatch. Since the pattern is in the round I knit a swatch in that fashion (using the fake out in the round swatch, not knitting flat) and my gauge changed a bit depending on where I put the ruler. I tried to measure where it seemed the most true, where it wasn't curling or too near the top or bottom. So sometimes i got 4.5 but usually I got 4.75 or 5.
I can't find 8.5 circs online or anywhere and now I'm wondering if they exist.
Do they?
Also, should I just go with my 8's? I mean, in some spots I did get a 4.5 to the inch.
I just don't want to mess this up and get discouraged.

Help? (and thanks)
3 stitches picked up or drop a stitch!
basketcaselady From: basketcaselady Date: September 28th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
What kind of gauge do you get with size 9? Are the stitches too large? You can also try knitting with one size 8 and one size 9 needle and see if that gives you the 8.5 size gauge you want :)
From: nocreamcorn Date: September 29th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The 9's worked! Thanks!
basketcaselady From: basketcaselady Date: September 29th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's great! Just remember that the recommended needle size is only a suggested starting point, letting you know what size the pattern writer used. Your tension is likely different. It's not important what size needles you use. The important thing is to get gauge ;)
3 stitches picked up or drop a stitch!