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Old 03-03-2013, 08:19 PM   #11
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I love the Little Turtle Knits Picky Pants pattern. Theresa has things spelled out very well in her pattern. I made sure to take my time on my first pair, and it went really well with no issues. I can't remember how long I had been knitting when I attempted those. My first knit was the LTK Pilot Cap and Stripey Slippers. I think the Picky Pants followed those.

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If you PM a mod to move this to the Craft Chat you would probably have a lot more responses there.
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Make sure you are checking your gauge in the round not flat, there's a trick to doing it with flat knitting though.... here's a link.... http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...r-gauge-swatch

I need a 7 and a 5 for Evie pants so make sure you do check.... And you can put all your gauges in a spreadsheet so you don't have to keep doing gauge swatches
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Make sure you are checking your gauge in the round not flat, there's a trick to doing it with flat knitting though.... here's a link.... http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...r-gauge-swatch

I need a 7 and a 5 for Evie pants so make sure you do check.... And you can put all your gauges in a spreadsheet so you don't have to keep doing gauge swatches
Thanks I'm going to have to get some needles to even check the gauge :/. If I let you know what yarn I'm using do you think you would know what the gauge is? This is the part that confuses me...once I get started I think I'll be fine.
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Gauge is how many stitches per inch you knit.... it's different for different knitters, average needle size needed for worsted weight is 7 or 8, some need to go down to a 6 others up to a 9, but most likely you will need a 7 or an 8 for the body and a 5 or 6 for the ribbing

It also sounds like you need help measuring gauge... ok I was going to post a link but I can't find what looks like a good one to me

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Thank you! I really don't know what I'm doing but I'm determined! Lol. I just don't want to invest a ton in needles that I don't need right now. I wasn't even thinking about the gauge being different with different knitters. But that makes sense.
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so you lay your work flat like this and put a ruler down on it... a lot of needle gauges come with a ruler on them and that's what I'm using here (you can even see where my kids put a sticker on it and now it has paper stuck to it lol) some use a tape measure but I don't like to, they move too much and can give you an off measurement

move the ruler over so the 0 line lines up with the beginning of a stitch (not one on the edge or your work)



mark the 0 and the 4" marks.... I used safty pins but you can use anything you can stick between the stitches

then move the ruler and count your sts... here I got 19.5 sts/4in or 4.875 sts/in

I like this example because it shows counting a 1/2 stitch, make sure you do because that can make a difference in the long run

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so you lay your work flat like this and put a ruler down on it... a lot of needle gauges come with a ruler on them and that's what I'm using here (you can even see where my kids put a sticker on it and now it has paper stuck to it lol) some use a tape measure but I don't like to, they move too much and can give you an off measurement

move the ruler over so the 0 line lines up with the beginning of a stitch (not one on the edge or your work)

mark the 0 and the 4" marks.... I used safty pins but you can use anything you can stick between the stitches

then move the ruler and count your sts... here I got 19.5 sts/4in or 4.875 sts/in

I like this example because it shows counting a 1/2 stitch, make sure you do because that can make a difference in the long run

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Thank you so much. I'll grab one when I to town next time. I've seen where people knit a 6x6 inch swatch. Is this a good size to check the gauge?
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