Are you the kind of knitter who thinks you “should” knit a gauge swatch — and hardly ever does? You may be suffering from swatch perfectionism – when you believe swatches have to be perfect. Here’s how to overcome perfectionism and make a perfectly good swatch – FAST. Read Post »
Blog Post: Why Gauge Matters and Needle Size Doesn’tBy Liat Gat – Founder / Gauge, Reading Knitting Patterns / December 17, 2010 / 15 Comments
In knitting as in so many other pursuits, results matter. Whether you use a pattern’s suggested needle size or not, if your gauge is off, your garment won’t fit. The reason for this is because different people knit differently given the same needles. Read Post »
Blog Post: How To Get Away With Not PlanningBy Liat Gat – Founder / Gauge, Knitter's Life / November 2, 2010 / 2 Comments
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Gauge Illustration: Handy Guide to Yarn Weights, Gauge, and Needle Sizes
Gauge Illustration: Yarn Weights and Thicknesses ACTUAL SIZE Comparison Chart – With WPI
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To check your gauge in the round, make a swatch on Magic Loop or DPNs and hold your gauge-checker over the stitches. Count how many stitches are in one inch.
You don’t always have to check your gauge (I know, you won’t anyway), but please do it on projects that you really need to fit a certain size. Watch the video to see how it’s done.
How to check your gauge on flat knitting, tips for marking your gauge swatch with knots in the tail to remember what size needles you used, and how to know whether to increase or decrease needle size.
Recommended Notion: Knit Chek Gauge-Checker by Susan Bates
A gauge-checker is essential for ensuring your knit projects come out the right size. Make a small swatch (or a big one, if you’re a perfectionist), block it, and lay the gauge-checker over the stitches. Count how many stitches are in 2 inches and divide by two. That’s your gauge.