Okay guys, I look forward to your help. You guys have never let me know!
I have a rowan pattern, it's a tank top. It's worked on straights, flat.
It's 19.5 inches tall for the smallest size, I want it to be 21.5 for me. I'm not sure where to increase the height because it immediatly starts decreasing for the hip. I'm not sure if I could spread out those increases, or just knit an extra inch at the bottom of straight hight.
I hate swatches because the difference is soo unclear. But I know I must swatch!
Size 4 needles STST = 5.5 st per inch
Size 5 needle STST = 5 st per inch
Size 4 needles RIB = (if I "start" with 2 purls, I get 6 st, if I "start" with 2 knits I get 5 st)
Size 5 needle RIB = (if I "start" with 2 purls, I get 6 st, if I "start" with 2 knits I get 5 st)
So maybe I'm NUTS but the gauge is the same in the ribbing, and the whole pattern is in the ribbing. Maybe I am flattening one out to much, or something... the directions say the gauge is on a flattned rib. So I just pinned it out so it was pretty looking.
I measures over and over and over, and it's the dang same for both swatches in the ribbing. It's driving me batty, plus the inconsistancy is driving me batty.
The pattern calls for 5.75 stitches per inch, and the smallest size is 15.5 inches wide (31). That would fit me fine, 32 inches would be okay too, but I don't think I would want to go any smaller or much bigger, even if it is in ribbing.
I am clueless as to what to do. Should I try ANOTHER needle size smaller, size 3?? it reccomends US 5-6 needles, I would hate to go down so many sizes. I wouldn't want it too dense. I think it looks very nice on the size 4's. The size 5 swatch does appear to be a bit wider. Not much, but a bit.
Maybe I'm just mental or something. Either way, the swatch on the bigger needles is bigger, but maybe only because of the stockinette half. I did that just for future reference.
Here are my swatches: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixiepurls/131907328/