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TaraBelle 12-03-2010 01:39 AM


I have no clue how to use the gauge, is there like a gauge for dummies??

suzeeq 12-03-2010 11:02 AM

Gauge is the tension you knit at, how many stitches per inch (or 4") you get with a needle and yarn. Pattern have a gauge that would try to match using whatever needle you need to; if you do then you can pick a size and the item would more than likely fit you. It's not as important for scarves and shawls as they don't have to fit, but if there's a very large difference in gauge then they'll turn out a different size.

Yarn labels have a gauge on them, but that's more to classify them into a weight category - sock, dk, worsted or bulky for example - than the gauge you should get or for substituting similar yarns. Patterns will often have a different gauge and needle size and that's the one you would follow.

Here's a few articles on gauge --

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