gauge still doesn’t matter*

picture of hat (finished piece)
adventures in gauge: medium (finished piece)

*because we’re on an adventure. adventures in gauge – part 2: medium On our adventure of looking at extreme differences in gauge, we’re exploring the same stitch pattern (3×2 rib with slipped stitch) on the same number of stitches (105) with the same knitter (me) but changing up the yarn and needles to achieve our goal of different gauge in each finished piece.

chart for 3x2 ribbing with slipped stitch
3×2 ribbing with slipped stitch chart

If you’d like to play along, here are some notes. Written instructions for the stitch appeared in the first post in this series, and here is a look at it in charted form.

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Right smack-dab in the middle. We’ll now move on to our medium yarn, medium needles, medium gauge: Black Sheep Creamery Mima (210 yds / 100g). I’ve used this yarn a lot! 😉 It’s a 3-ply 100% wool yarn from East Friesian sheep and has some nice bounce and memory. It was the special run for 2013 clip and there may be a few skeins floating around but probably not many. A nice alternate using fleece from the same breed of sheep on the same farm is Black Sheep Creamery Rainier. Using our 105 sts, this is likely going to be a hat in the 4½-5½ stitches per inch (spi) range.

picture of Black Sheep Creamery Mima yarn
Black Sheep Creamery Mima

Worsted  is a pretty standard weight for a lot of garments including sweaters and hats and mittens. Using this particular yarn, I know I can get ~5 spi in stockinette stitch on US6 (4mm) needles but knitters are unique so US5-9 (3.75-5.5mm) may work better for you if you’re trying to get the same look. BUT…because this is a different pattern stitch in a different form, we can expect to get a different (unknown) result, so let’s go for it! Cast on 105 sts and work in pattern for desired length. This piece was finished with a 3-needle bind off. Because there are an odd number of stitches, I folded the work in half as usual, but then knit the first stitch and then started with knitting the front stitch and back stitch together before passing the first stitch over the second stitch. As a hat, this could be worn with the ridge front to back, sideways (as shown in photo), with pompoms or tassels, or with a longer piece the ends could be folded in and sewn down to the middle of the ridge to make a little box top. Gauge and size results for Medium:

picture of knitted piece
medium: 4½-5 spi
  • unstretched: 12″ circumference with 35 sts / 4″ (10cm) or about 8¾ spi but this is definitely because of the stretchy rib pattern — individual stitches are about ¼” wide each
  • this piece easily stretched out to 20-22″ (maybe bigger or smaller but those are the heads that were handy)
  • most likely: the most likely size for this piece will in the adult (20″ – 22¼”) head size range, which puts our steady state gauge at about 4½-5 sts / inch. For a teen or child size, use smaller needles with different yarn and have another adventure in gauge!

Next up – part 3: teeny tiny, where we will explore a gauge that is not often seen in modern knitting tagline life is a creative adventure