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[Knitting] Knitting needles effect gauge

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Post time: 2017-4-14 21:06
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I seen this, and was surprised how different needle can affectyou gauge. I thought i would share. I hope I have not put this in the wrongplace being that it is more informative than teaching you a new skill. If ihave put this in the wrong place please except my apologies


Needles  made from adifferent material,  can affect bothstitch and row gauge. I was curious how I would knit with my new needle set, soI designed an experiment.began with a ball of 100% wool yarn (Knit Picks Wool of theAndes Worsted) and 4 sets of size 7 needles, all made from different materials:1.     Plastic Resin2.      2. Wooden3.      3. Metal4.      4. Carbon Fiber I knitted up a stockinette swatch (30 sts x 45 rows) witheach needle type, then blocked them all very, very carefully to be sure theyweren't stretchedAfter the swatches dried and kind of mellowed out for a while, I tookcareful gauge measurements. Then I used the results to figure the dimensionsfor an average sized sweater that is 200 sts wide and 150 rows tall.I was shocked!The results really surprised me: if I knitted a sweater with one kind ofneedle versus another, I would have about a 2" variation in either widthor length. That's a big difference!

I was also curious about differences in my "flat vs. circular" gauge because I've had trouble with sleeves not matching the sweater they are attached to. So I got to work on a circular swatch with my wooden dpns.
Results? There is a difference, of course. If I knitted my 200 st x 150 row sweater with a circular construction, it would come out 1.5" narrower than if I knitted it flat with the same wooden needles. Surprisingly, the row gauge was unaffected.
So what's the take-away from all this?
While your results would certainly vary from mine, I think it's important to be aware of how your tools can affect your finished objects and to use this knowledge to your advantage:
1. Knit your gauge swatch with the same needles you plan to knit the garment with.
2. Knit circular swatches for circular garments.
3. The more stitches in a row, the more a difference in gauge affects the finished measurements of the garment.
4. If you need to connect a circular-knitted sleeve to a flat-knitted body, make a separate circular gauge swatch. If you knit like I do, you might need to go up a needle size or switch to a needle made from a different material to get the correct gauge.
5. And for goodness sake, make large gauge swatches! (6"+ is a good rule of thumb)

i hope i did not put this in the wrong place
i hope you have found thins informative

thank you



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Post time: 2018-4-13 09:51
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I don't think this is accurate for everyone or every situation. For example, sometimes when one uses a smooth yarn with smooth metal needles, one would hold everything tighter to keep stitches from dropping, and the grip on the yarn will be tighter leading to tighter gauge.
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Post time: 2017-5-23 06:19
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That's crazy, I had no idea! I want to do some test swatches with my crochet hooks now. I wonder material effects it this way, if they're the same mm there should be no difference.
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Post time: 2017-8-27 21:52
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Good information.  Even the needle shape makes a difference, square vs. round.  My knitting is more even looking with square needles.
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Post time: 2018-4-17 11:28
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Thank you for sharing.  Now I'm glad I use Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system to knit my sweaters!
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Post time: 2017-4-15 00:16
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Thanks for taking the time to experiment and for sharing the results!
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Post time: 2017-4-14 23:29
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Interesting study!    Thank you for this information.
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Post time: 2018-6-3 01:41
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I love the graphic, thanks for sharing this!
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Post time: 2017-4-15 19:42
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very interesting!
Thank you for sharing
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Post time: 2018-5-14 09:05
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hmmm my stitch guage dons't vary much
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Post time: 2017-4-23 22:50
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Very interesting. Thanks for sharing
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Post time: 2017-4-14 21:24
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Very nice
Thank you for sharing
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Post time: 2017-4-14 21:40
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Thanks for sharing this information.
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Post time: 2017-4-14 22:17
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Полезная информация
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Post time: 2017-4-15 02:27
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Thanks for the information
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Post time: 2017-4-15 03:11
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So nice. Thank you for sharing
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Post time: 2017-4-16 00:05
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Very nice
Thanks for sharing
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