How to check your ten­sion

Make and mea­sure a swatch to check your ten­sion.

Simply Crochet - - YOUR GUIDE -

Most cro­chet pat­terns state the ten­sion re­quired, in rows and stitches of a spe­cific type. Make a swatch at least 15cm square and check that your ten­sion matches. Place a ruler across the swatch and in­sert two pins, 10cm apart. Then place the ruler along a col­umn of stitches and in­sert two pins 10cm apart. Count the stitches and rows be­tween the pins – if you have less than the pat­tern, your ten­sion is too loose so you need to use a smaller hook, but if you have too many, use a larger hook. It’s usu­ally bet­ter to match the stitches than rows, be­cause you can al­ways work more or fewer rows.

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