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Gauge: How to Adjust in Process?

So I used to think I’m a beginner and I don’t know if I can still say that because I have knit a number of scarves and shawls, attempted socks (still don’t get it) so not sure where the change in beginner to whatever is next happens. But here is my real problem…I’m making an afghan from Purl Soho called Sand Drift. I love how the neutral colors blend. My problem is as I was figuring out what I was doing I see that my gauge is all over the place. I can’t bear to rip it out. It seems that to keep a steady gauge I have to really tighten my grip but that becomes so time consuming and a little painful. What I want to know and what I’m hoping that there is a way to even out the gauge when I complete it and block? or is there any other suggestion?
thanks for your thoughts ahead of time

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I’m no expert by any means, but depending on your yarn, stitch pattern, and how big the variance is, I would think it’ll wet block out to be almost (if not completely) unnoticeable

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I have to agree the best way to deal with the problem is to wet block it after letting it soak for a few hours in the water. You can also work on making your stitches even by sliding the next stitch on the left hand needle to the tip so you don’t stretch the stitch when you knit it and then bring it to the shaft of the right needle so you can size the stitch. You don’t have to pull the yarn hard you just need to make the stitch so there is no light under the formed stitch when you finish it.

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Oh thank you, that is what I’m hoping I can do. Otherwise I figure I just made something that the recipient won’t know the difference since she doesn’t knit and I’ve made my own design. But I’d prefer making the stitching as consistent as possible. You’ve given me hope.

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I like this idea. I think I understand your suggestion and it sounds brilliant. I kind of think that’s how I’ve made the oddities in my gauge without knowing it. Now I can see that perhaps that’s a real learning opportunity (that’s what I call my mistakes) for future projects as a way to check my gauges. That sounds better even than tightening the gauge on the left needle before taking over to the right…wonder if this makes any sense…hahaha…love my knitting.

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you could also change the size of your needles so you can achieve the proper gauge.

I hope so
Thanks for the comment

I thought of that but wasn’t sure that would matter or maybe how that would matter. Bottom line it took me a long time into the project to realize what the problem was and now I’m closer to done. ah, the next time idea. thanks for your idea