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OK...I HATE doing the gauge swatch, but I now know why it is done(ask my 7 yr olds mocs why they will be for the new babe on the way!! :LOL), but I CAN NOT for the life of me achieve the correct gauge, and it is driving me nuts. Is it normal to have to knit up a lot of different swatches on different needles? And how common is it to have to go up 2 or 3 sizes in needles to reach gauge? I even tried switching yarns, but am still getting the same stitches per four inches...<br>
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Debi, I find I often have the same problem. In fact, with one yarn, I kept going up needle sizes until the fabric looked too loose and goofy, and the count still wasn't what it was supposed to be.<br><br>
I've taken to recalculating patterns when need be. Often, if a pattern comes with multiple sizes, I do basic calculations for, say, hip circumference or arm length, and compare all the other sizes in the pattern adjusted for my tension. It's easier than doing a million swatches. For instance, I found that with LTK's Ribby Wrap pattern, I could follow the directions for the next size up to get approximately the needed size.
 

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When I look at my finished projects I don't think I knit super tight or anything, but I must, right?<br><br>
I am trying to do the felted mocs pattern, and I got tiny baby sized mocs when doing the preschool size...I would probably have to do the men's sized ones to make ones to fit my 7 year old. LOL That seems like a lot more work than I wanted to do...<br><br>
How do you recalculate the pattern?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Debi
 

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Just a bump to hopefully get some more input...<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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