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#1 of 5 Old 07-06-2004, 01:42 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Should my gauge swatch always be in stockinette stitch, even if the garment is knitted in garter? It doesn't make sense to me that the gauge would be based on a stitch not used in the pattern.

Also, I know that garter stitch is all knit and stockinette is knit one row, purl one row, but am I right in remembering that it is reversed for circular needles?

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Your pattern should give you the desired gauge for the pattern you'll be working in (whether it be stockinette, garter, cables, etc.).

Stockinette stitch is so easy on circulars -- just keep knitting every row (you never need to purl!). It makes it really fast.

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Should my gauge swatch always be in stockinette stitch, even if the garment is knitted in garter? It doesn't make sense to me that the gauge would be based on a stitch not used in the pattern.
I've seen some patterns with incredibly complex stitch patterns base its gauge on a stockinette swatch, but I don't see why that would be necessary for garter stitch. However, if the pattern specifies that the gauge is based on stockinette, do the stockinette swatch; otherwise, I would just do the swatch in garter stitch.

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Also, I know that garter stitch is all knit and stockinette is knit one row, purl one row, but am I right in remembering that it is reversed for circular needles?
Yep. If you're knitting garter stitch in the round, you need to knit for a round, then purl for a round.

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So at least this question doesn't matter for me right now because by knitting every round on my circulars I'm knitting stockinette. Thanks for the responses!
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Knitting stockinette in the round gets a different gauge than knitting stockinette flat - I learned the hard way. Most people knit tighter than they purl, so when you knit in the round, you get more sts/in than when you knit flat. Garter gauge is typically 1 st/1 row so if you pick up sts on the side, you pick up 1 st per row; stockinette, on the other hand, will have 5.5 sts/7 rows over 4 inches (for example) which does not work out to a 1/1 ratio like garter. So it's very important to knit your gauge swatch on the type of needles (flat/circular) and the stitch that you will be using.

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