If the fit is crucial, then you should make a swatch that reflects your in-the-round gauge. Some knitters, particularly Continental-method knitters, achieve a tighter gauge in circular knitting than they do in flat knitting, due to purl stitches in flat knitting coming out looser than knit stitches. To make a swatch that reflects your circular knitting gauge, use two double-pointed needles the same size that you are going to use for the body of your project. Cast onto one double-pointed needle the equivalent of 4 or 5 inches worth of stitches, and then knit 1 row with the second double-pointed needle. Instead of turning the work and purling the next row, bring the
Many knitters complain of a ladder of loose stitches along the vertical line where the two needles come together in circular knitting. With circular needles, this occurs only along the join of the round, but on double-pointed needles, it can appear between each needle. To improve the appearance of the stitches that lie at the beginning and end of the needles, be sure to tug firmly on the working yarn when knitting the first 2 stitches on a new needle, and hold the right needle securely up against the left needle when knitting these 2 stitches.
working yarn very loosely from the end of the row back to the beginning of the row, still with the right side facing. Knit another row. Continue working in this manner, knitting each row begin ning at the same end, and draping the working yarn across the back between rows until your swatch is approximately square. Measure your gauge as usual.
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