How do you read a crochet gauge swatch?

How do you read a gauge pattern?

Take a look at your pattern and see what the gauge measurement is. The standard gauge is 4 inches by 4 inches, but sometimes it varies. Cast on twice the number of stitches that the gauge calls for, using the needles recommended by the pattern. For example, if the gauge is 8 stitches per inch, cast on 16 stitches.

How do you calculate crochet gauge?

Simply, lay down your ruler/measuring tape and count the stitches across over a span of 4″ (or the length of the gauge in the pattern). Do the same vertically for the rows. You will now have your gauge. *You may want to measure from 2″ – 5″ as the first inch may not always be accurate on a measuring tape.

How does needle size affect gauge?

The LARGER (THICKER) the needle, the BIGGER the stitches. The BIGGER the stitches, the FEWER stitches per inch. The THINNER the yarn, the MORE stitches per inch. The SMALLER(THINNER) the needle, the SMALLER the stitches.

What can you do with a gauge swatch?

measuring gauge

You can measure your gauge swatch between selvage stitches using a tape measure, as the first two squares show. Or you can use a stitch gauge in the center of your swatch and count the stitches and rows inside the 2″/5cm right-angle opening, as shown in the third square.

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How do you figure out how many stitches to cast on?

The Stitches to Cast-On = (dW x S/W). Divide Stitches counted in swatch by swatch Width measured. Multiply by Desired Width. So for the example for the above you will take your 4×4 measured area.

Do you block a gauge swatch?

Don’t “block” your swatch.

It doesn’t matter what gauge you can pin your swatch to. What matters is the gauge your swatch has when it’s been washed and laid flat to dry, because that’s how you’re going to treat your sweater. So don’t pin your swatch. Wash it, and lay it flat to dry.

How is stitch gauge measured?

If you use measuring tape, measure just the inner four inches of the swatch. Place the tape parallel to a row of stitches, and count how many stitches fall within these inner four inches, including half stitches. Divide this number by four, and compare it with the specified gauge (four stitches to one inch).