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  1. Kathy Eshnaur
    February 24, 2021 @ 11:41 am

    My row gauge is off when i do stranded yoke sweaters so they never fit. Eg if dk weight gauge is 22 stitches and 28 rows, in stranding my row gauge will be 22 rows. North shore sweater yoke was way too long.

    • Alexa Ludeman
      February 25, 2021 @ 12:19 pm

      Hi Kathy – Ah, I see, that’s quite a big difference. You might want to cut out some of the ‘plain’ rounds or inches near the bottom of the yoke, or knit the shorter yoke size.

  2. annie
    March 21, 2016 @ 8:42 pm

    Great info…thank you.

    As Katie Lynn said, there are times when row gauge or even both are important. I’m thinking of side-to-side patterns such as Japanese style patterns offered by Habu and Cocoknits. You can make row gauge most important and add stitches for length, but it must be done very carefully. It isn’t recommended by the designers.

  3. rainbowgoblin
    March 17, 2016 @ 9:44 pm

    Something I’ve been thinking about a lot is what causes row gauge to be significantly different… I often knit at an “inappropriately” tight gauge, because I live in New Zealand and it’s cold in our houses but not so cold out (so a nice bulletproof sweater is perfect for both in winter). I can easily enough match a pattern’s stitch gauge, but the row gauge tends to be wacky!

  4. beads2yarn
    March 17, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    Fantastic info. Hurts my brain but totally great info. Thanks for sharing

  5. feathersandwool
    March 17, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Feathers And Wool and commented:
    I wish I had seen this when I started knitting!

  6. sp-watterson
    March 17, 2016 @ 10:02 am

    excellent! Learning about gauge is not as exciting as choosing yarn, I know, but the most important info for successful knitting

  7. Katie Lynn
    March 17, 2016 @ 7:57 am

    One time that row gauge is important that wasn’t addressed: if your garment is knit on the bias. Two I can think of off the top of my head: Delancey Cardigan by Alexis Winslow and Hachure by Bristol Ivy. In these cases, row gauge is relatively more important, because it will change the shape of your finished garment. Specifically with Delancey I know if your row gauge is too small you’ll end up with peaks at the bottom side seams. I’m not familiar enough with the construction of Hachure to say what would happen there.

  8. genkazdin
    March 17, 2016 @ 6:58 am

    One impressive thing about what you do: You remove so much of the stress new (or even experienced knitters) experience. Life gives us all so much stress and knitting is known to be relaxing and calming — your efforts make it even more so! Thank you for this, among so many other things you do!

  9. Trudi
    March 17, 2016 @ 6:13 am

    This is the first blog that answers my questions in a way I understand! Thank you so much. I’m knitting your Rye Sock pattern now and it is so easy to read and follow.
    Love you site!!