Australian Knitting



Checking your knitting tension, that is, the tightness or looseness of your knitting, is important. To check your tension, cast on 30 stitches using the recommende­d needle size.

Work in the pattern until your work measures 10cm from the cast on edge then cast off. You now have a

“swatch”. Measure your tension by placing a ruler over your swatch and counting the number of stitches across and rows down (including fractions of stitches and rows) in 10cm. Repeat these measuremen­ts two to three times on a different parts of the swatch to check your measuremen­ts. If you have more stitches and rows than called for in the instructio­ns, you should use larger needles; if you have fewer, use smaller needles. Check your tension again before starting your project.

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