Hi out there. I've recently returned to knitting after 30 years or more and need help with the gauge on my latest project. My yarn label for 4" is 17sts and 24 rows with size 8 needles. The pattern gauge is 24 sts and 32 rows with size 5 needles. The project is a child's sweater and the yarn is a 50/50 cotton acrylic bend. I've increased and decreased needle size but can't seem to arrive at the pattern gauge. Please tell me what to do. I'm in love with the yarn color and also the pattern and just want to start knitting. Thank you. Myrna.