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.
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)