Change up needle size

I have a sweater pattern that calls for yarn whose gauge would work out to be 24 sts and 32 rows on US 5 needles = four inches.

The yarn I want to use comes close.
22.5 sts and 28 rows on US six 6 needles = four inches.

Would it be possible to use this yarn if I switched up the needles to another size?

If so, what size would I use?


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Jun 01, 2021
Changing needle size
by: Ratchadawan


It's possible to use one upper size needle.
You could try using number 7 (4.5mm). Make a swatch of 30 by 40 sts and wash it and let it dry completely before measuring it. Most yarns tend to shrink after wash, so it best to wash and dry it first before measuring the gauge. It's better to have it slightly big sweater than a tight one, I think.

All the best,

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