Sometimes it's wiser not to mess with the pattern. I got gauge. I should have realized that all the other numbers were written as they were for a reason, and I would pay dearly for messing with them. Oh, the pain of learning the hard way. I was to the sleeve cap decreases, almost 20" worth of knitting, most of which I had to rip back because where the pattern said to increase every 4th row, I increased every 6th row, thinking that the sleeves would be too wide as written. Apparently the designers write the patterns to save me all that nasty thinking stuff. Go figure.