Greetings! I’m knitting with a circular knitting needle size8 (as required by the pattern) when I did a Gauge using the same size needle I got 4 stitches per inch. So I went down to a size 7 & I got the same Gauge….:0( Then, I went down to a size, and still got the same result….:0( geting mad’er. Next, I tred a size#4 knitting needles, and then I got the RIGHT Gauge. Why then does the pattern say to USE a size#8 knitting needles? And If I’m going to use a size4 for the "Body" of the sweater, WHAT size am I to use for the "Ribbing?"
Oh, I’m so confused with this project. Can some PLEASE help me? I enjoy knitting in rounds, because there is NO SEAMS. When the sweater is completed, you’re ready to WEAR it….:0)
Thanks A Million for your help in advance….Ksweet2015@comcast.net
Are you sure you’re using the correct weight yarn? That would be my first guess, since I haven’t seen you knit. Of course, you could keep the orignally-recommended-size needles (the 8s) and remember that 4 of your stitches equals 5 stitches on the pattern. So, if they say "cast on 100 stitches," for example, you’d only cast on 80 and it would come out the same size — IF and only if your knitting gauge is consistent all the way through. You’d need to remember to decrease by 20% every single stitch count the pattern gives you, too, or your sweater will be lopsided!
You could also figure out the stitch counts yourself for whatever yarn and needles you want. Determine the measurement your sweater needs to be at different points (length, width, where the sleeves or armholes go, etc) and figure out, at 4 stitches per inch, how many you’ll need.
Feel free to email me with questions if I’ve muddied things up for you. I knit without patterns all the time because I like what I like and want to make just that. I knit or sew most of my own clothes — on my own patterns — for that reason.