Swatch Confusion

Ugh.  I hate it when I can’t get a correct swatch for the gauge of a pattern.  I know I usually have to go down at least two sizes from what’s suggested.  Here’s my tale of woe.

I wanted to knit a raglan sweater.  I found a pattern on Ravelry that seemed nice, and I bought it.  I bought some lovely Bernat Super Value Worsted Yarn, and merrily went home to start.

The gauge for the sweater was “20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with larger needle,” which meant a size US 7 in this pattern, so I automatically went down to a US 5.  No luck.  Next, I went down to US 4.  Nope. US 3?  Not close, either.  I tried a US 2, measured at 14 rows, and the gauge was still way big.  I ripped that one out.

Even when reading this pattern, I thought the gauge seemed tight…really tight.  I inquired of this to the pattern designer who said I was reading the gauge wrong.  I cast on 20 stitches and knit 28 rows for each swatch.  Did I do that incorrectly?

Anyway, I tossed those swatches across the couch where I knit and grabbed my copy of “Knitting for Dummies.”  I knew there was a raglan sweater payment in there.  I read it.  Hey, you don’t even need to knit a gauge swatch for that one!  You just knit to your measurements!  I can do that!

Here’s my progress, which I started on Saturday, below.


I think I’m doing pretty well, and I have my measurements pretty close.  So, far, so good!

The only thing about the “Knitting for Dummies” pattern is that is uses yarnovers for increases.  I decided to use M1’s, instead.  I still got those lovely raglan increases.

I’d be interested in hearing what you think about my gauge controversy.  Thoughts?