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blueknitter 08-10-2005 04:27 PM

Is there a simpler way to .....(re: guage)
Is there a simpler way to find out what guage would be with a yarn and needle aside from making a swatch?
I was just wondering this: Can you wrap yarn around a needle (of chosen size) for an inch, then count every second thread - and that be your guage? Just wondering?

Julie 08-10-2005 05:11 PM

Nope...because gauge depends on both the yarn AND the knitter. My gauge using the same yarn and the same needle might be different than you're safest swatching it! Unless it's something that doesn't need to fit well, like a blanket or scarf. ;)

blueknitter 08-12-2005 08:52 AM

I thought so. :( I was just hoping someone would share a magical way to figure out guage and save me (and everyone) some time. :rollseyes:

kemp 08-12-2005 11:36 AM

If I could figure that out, I am sure I could find a way to make some serious $$$ from it. I'm not sure there is anyone who likes swatching!

KellyK 08-12-2005 01:11 PM

Hildie does....but that's only because she's a math freak.

Hildegard_von_Knittin 08-12-2005 04:36 PM

i DO and i AM!!!!!!!! I usually end up making 3 or 4 swatches for a project. I even swatch for felted projects (usually).

My easy guage formula: Cast on 20 stithes, knit 5-10 rows, measure to the nearest quarter inch how wide it is, and divide 20 by that measurement. If you do enough you'll eventually be able to do it in your head :-)

math is cool.

Silver 08-12-2005 04:40 PM

I don't especially *enjoy* knitting swatches, but I've learned my lesson. I always knit a test swatch now. Ask me why. Go on...

KellyK 08-12-2005 04:49 PM

:hiding: why?

Silver 08-12-2005 05:39 PM

Ok.. I did a swatch, but this is why you should always knit a swatch AND wash and dry it.

Because THIS is supposed to be a size XL. NOT a 5X. It is SEVENTY inches around. It was supposed to be 45". :shock:

I knitted this for my sister for Christmas. I spent weeks on it. I struggled to get it finished by Christmas. And it was. She loved it. She took it home, and wore it a few times. Then she washed it. The yarn relaxed and the sweater grew to monstrous proportions.

This is also why I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever use Lion Brand chunky USA again. :doh:

You can see there are several lessons to be learned here.

However, it is a lovely plus sized sweater! :)

brendajos 08-12-2005 05:43 PM

wow and that relaxed so bad it wouldn't even be cute with a shirt underneath it cuz the weave got so big...bummer!

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