Hey Boys: So, I'm starting a sweater and I knitted a swatch to check my gauge. The pattern calls for 17 sts and 24 rows = 4". Well, being a loose knitter I started one size down from the recommended size 8. I came in at 19.5 stitches per inch. I really like the way the swatch knitted up on 7s.
So, tell me if I'm wrong here; can't I just alter the pattern to fit my gauge? It's a seamless sweater with a cast of of 192 stitches. With my gauge, it would be 220 for a chest size of 45". The percent increase in stitches is about 14.5. Next, I would increase the amount of cast on for the sleeves by that amount but making sure to add or take away a few stitches to make sure everything is still divisible by 4 (it has a small pattern that is in groups of 4).
Does this sound like it would work?