How to determine Gauge with a Knitted Swatch
My mom, Joanne and I (Ana) have been working on this adventure for a long time now.
She takes care of most of YouTube questions and some of the Facebook ones as well.
Some of the most popular questions are:
‘How many stitches do I need to make a (blanket, shawl, gloves)?’
Or, ‘how can I make a blanket with this stitch pattern?’
And we always suggest figuring out the knitting gauge, which means:
You gotta make a Swatch, baby!
And I know, believe me, who wants to take the time to make a little knitted square that you won’t even be able to wear/use?
But this is simply the best way to determine the amount of stitches, gauge and yarn it will take for your project.
This is how I approach it:
I make a swatch for every part of the project.
For example, I’ve been designing fingerless gloves with many of our knitting stitch patterns and I often make a swatch for the ribbing and for the stitch itself.
I’ve noticed, for example the for regular worsted yarn, like Red Heart’s Soft I often need 38-40 stitches on my needle for the width of my own hands which is slightly larger than a normal hand but not large.
And for more stretchy yarn like Red Heart’s Chic Sheep, I only need 33-37 stitches, otherwise it’ll be quite loose on me (but perhaps good for a man’s hand).
So see? This is the solution for all of your Knitting Gauge questions.
Here’s a great explanation video my mom Joanne made for this concept:
Hope this helps.
I’m thinking of starting a swatch library myself. Shall we do this together?
Let me know!
View or basic knitting tutorials https://www.joannesweb.com/video-tutorials/basic-knitting-tutorials/
Watch our basic knitting videos: http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOpKOyCz6NU&list=PL35191C82CAA6DF37