Gauge

Creative Knitting - - KNITTING SCHOOL -

The sin­gle most im­por­tant fac­tor in de­ter­min­ing the fin­ished size of a knit item is the gauge. Al­though not as im­por­tant for flat, one-piece items, it is im­por­tant when mak­ing a cloth­ing item that needs to fit prop­erly.

Be­fore be­gin­ning, it is im­por­tant to make a gauge swatch about 6 inches square us­ing the rec­om­mended stitch pat­tern(s) and nee­dles. If the project that you are mak­ing will be worked in the round, work your gauge swatch in the round as well. Wash and block the swatch.

When the blocked swatch is dry, count the num­ber of stitches and rows in the cen­ter 4 inches. If there are fewer stitches and/or rows than in­di­cated in the Gauge sec­tion in the pat­tern, your nee­dles are too large. Try another swatch with smaller nee­dles. If there are more stitches and/or rows than in­di­cated in the Gauge sec­tion in the pat­tern, your nee­dles are too small. Try another swatch with larger nee­dles.

Con­tinue to ad­just nee­dles un­til cor­rect gauge is achieved.

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