Advice on Gauge Please

I am knitting a gauge swatch for the Sporty Pullover sweater found in the Knitting Man(ual) by Kristen Spurkland. The gauge is 21 sts and 27 rows=4" in main pattern, 17 sts and 25 rows = 4" in St st.
the main pattern is : k4 (sl1 pwise, k1, YO, psso the k1 and YO, k3) to last st, k1.
I can count the stocking stitch gauge just fine, but how do I count the stitches in the main pattern?? the yarn over makes it very difficult to count. Any suggestions? I don't want to get the gauge wrong in the main pattern because I want it to FIT (of course!)...can I just knit the gauge in St st and trust that?


Bill's picture

is there any row of plain stitches in the main pattern?
...strange, it's listed in ravelry with absolutely no information...

PaulKnittingNow's picture

no plain's all in pattern

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My best guess as to how to accomplish this is to make a big swatch. A very big swatch. I'd cast on at least 34 sts and knit the pattern for the 50 rows - minimum - then do the measurements. If it was to gauge, you should have an 8 inch by 8 inch square. In theory, you can do the 17 sts and 25 rows but a bigger swatch will give you a more realistic view as to how the final fabric will work out. Hope this helps.

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CLABBERS's picture

Hi Paul,
When I was making a couple projects from that book, I had a few questions as well. If you can't get things figured out from advice here, perhaps emailing her would help. She certainly helped me within a day's time usually. You can find her email on her ravelry site.

That's such a nice pullover. Let me know what you figure out, as it's on my short list of things to make.

steve kadel's picture

the pattern repeat is 9 sts. count out 5 repeats for 45 std or 6 repeats for 54 sts

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