How does a gauge work? I remember it was about 2 years after I started crocheting when I started to ask questions like, “what is a gauge?” Then, “how do I read it?” And then, “how do I make it?” Well I’m guessing you are probably asking similar questions since you are here. Let’s find out!
BTW this is for knit and crochet.
Gauges are easier than you think. They do take a little extra time, which is why nobody really likes making them. It would be so much more fun to just jump right into the pattern. But if you do that, then you may make your project too big or too small. I see it all the time.
The gauge helps you get the same tension as the designer. Why does tension matter? It matters because everybody crochets (or knits) a bit bigger or smaller than the next person. But that’s okay, because we have gauges to help us all get the same size project when we’re done!
The gauge will tell you if you need to go up or down a hook (or needle) size from the size the designer tells you to use in the materials needed list.
Gauges are actually really easy and simple to make. Have you ever made a square? Well that’s it! You make a square at least 4” x 4”. That’s right! That’s all it is and you can save yourself hours, if not days of work by making a simple little square. No more having to frog your project!
Here’s what to do:
Written Explanation to the Gauge:
A gauge is usually 4″ x 4″ swatch that you measure to see if you have the same tension and if not, what to do. You want to make at least a 4″ x 4″ crochet (or knit) square. I usually use double crochet (or knit stitch) for my swatches.
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Then measure how many stitches until 4″ and how many rows until 4″. If it’s too many stitches and rows than go up a hook (or needle) size. It it’s not enough stitches and rows go down a hook (or needle) size.
Why a gauge matters is, because if you need an exact size of your project, then you need to make sure it will come out the size the pattern intended. If you don’t, your project could be too big or too small.
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