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How To Read Gauge for Knit and Crochet Projects
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How To Read Gauge for Knit and Crochet Projects

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How To Read Gauge for Knit & Crochet Projects

  • Gauge is very important when making something to wear fit properly.
  • Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows per inch achieved using a certain yarn and needles or hook.
  • Gauge varies from person to person, so it is very important to achieve the gauge of the pattern. The gauge determines the size of the finished piece.
  • To check the gauge, make a swatch. Cast on or chain enough stitches to equal four inches, then add 8 stitches. If the yarn band says “24 stitches per 4 inches”, cast on 32. Measure the flat stitches in the middle of the swatch. Work in the selected stitch pattern for 4 inches.
  • Remove the stitches from the needle. Without stretching the fabric, place a tape measure on the work and count the stitches across 4 inches. Don’t cheat. Count even a half or quarter of a stitch and include that in the gauge.
  • If there are more stitches per inch than the gauge suggests, the stitches are too tight; try a larger needle or hook. If there are fewer stitches than the suggested gauge, the stitches are too loose; try a smaller needle or hook.

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