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Old 06-21-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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another gauge/ swatch question
This is probably a dumb question, but I looked and didn't see an answer anywhere. How do you determine how many stitches to cast on to make a swatch to check gauge? Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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There is no magic formula/answer.

But, since most gauge swatches are based on the number of sts to get 4", you should probably CO more sts than that.
I usually CO 1.5-2 times what is reported as being needed to get 4" and knit away.

Too few stitches and you won't be able to measure 4"
Too mant sts and your gauge swatch might as well be your project.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #3
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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I'd look at the gauge for the pattern to see how many stitches in 4" to make gauge. Then I'd add some to it, at least about 8, knit away for a while and see how it looks. If it's obviously less than 4" wide, I'd go up a needle size or 2.

When you change needle sizes in a gauge swatch a row of garter stitch makes it easy to see where you changed. Do something to mark the needle size you use in any given section of your swatch, I've even written the needle size on a scrap of paper and safety pinned it to the appropriate section.

You'll probably get much better answers, but that's what I do.

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Old 06-21-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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Too mant sts and your gauge swatch might as well be your project.

Yup. Too true. Sometimes on smallish things I just go for it and see how it works out.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #6
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Thanks GG. I'm making a super simple washcloth (free pattern off a skein of Sugar 'n Cream yarn). It's self striping. We'll see how it goes!
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #7
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I think RK's comment about the swatch is the project applies here. Unless you really need it to be a specific size and very accurate, close enough is close enough and you can use it as future reference when accurate gauge counts. If it's larger or smaller than you want, rework it or make the next one with different size needles. Which pattern, can you link to it? Am I nosy or what?
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I got it off the label... it's just cast on 37 stitches, then knit every row til it's 10 inches long. Gauge is 20 stitches per 4 inches. I'm at 18 st per 4 inches.
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Cool. I've made several just the same way and no two are the same size. Dishes don't care about perfect knitting ya know.
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Yes, in this case, the project is the gauge swatch. If you wanted to get closer to 20sts/4", you would use a smaller size needle. The way you've done it however, sounds just fine.
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