Practice Magic Loop and Check Your Gauge
Knitalong Task: Practice Magic Loop
In order to make sure you are using the right size needles and your socks come out the right size, you're going to create a small swatch in Magic Loop and measure how many stitches you see in one inch.
Create a 20-Stitch Swatch in Magic Loop
Since we will be doing socks two-at-a-time on Magic Loop, please familiarize yourself with and practice basic Magic Loop while you are waiting for the knitting part of the knitalong to begin.
You can use any long circular needles and scrap yarn to practice.
My goals is for you to be able to knit a small tube (20 stitches around) on Magic Loop easily and without getting confused. Our Magic Loop class covers all the tips and tricks you need. You don't have to buy the class by any means but it is a resource for you if you do not yet know Magic Loop.
Check Your Gauge
To check your gauge, please read this chapter in your Toe-Up Socks class and watch the video.
Compare the number of stitches you got in one inch to the gauge specified in your pattern. If you have more stitches per inch than your pattern calls for, you'll need to try again with a needle one size bigger.
For example, if you got 5 sts/in on size 8 needles and your pattern calls for 4.5 sts/in, you'll need to try again with a size 9 needle. If you got 4 sts/in on size 8 needles, you'll need to try again with a size 7 needle.
It can be a little frustrating to have to order different needles, which is why some knitters invest in a set of interchangeable needles (here is one option out of many). In either case, know you will certainly use the needles on another project in the future.
Good job! In the next lesson, you'll measure your foot and choose the size of sock to make.
Post Your Questions in the Comments
Leave a comment below if you have a question about knitting in the round on Magic Loop, getting gauge, or anything else in the knitalong.