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Old 04-07-2008, 08:34 AM   #1
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Swatching- how to measure?
I am making the Bernat free pattern- hooded baby jacket.

GAUGE: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins
[10 cm] in stocking st. There is no st per inch recommendation.

So I stockinetted my little heart out (I didn't cast off but left it OTN) and measured- I get 4" from top (not including needle) to bottom but only 3.5 in width (after uncurling the little devil and getting it flat.) Of course I can stretch it to 4"... The stitches looked nice & even, but when I knitted in pattern mine looked a little looser than the picture (OK! OK! I knitted the whole back piece already, but it isn't my fault because I got my Harmony set Friday. I messed up on the pattern & will have to knit it over so I figured I would swatch better!)

Do I need to go up or down a needle or am I OK? Wasn't this supposed to be square?
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:37 AM   #2
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Here's a great article on swatching. I often refer to it for reference.

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If gauge is 22 inches I cast on 22 plus 8 more and knit 36 or so rows. It can be helpful to do seed stitch on the 4 outside stitches as they won't curl. I then measure in several different places and measure only two inches and multiply by 2. I also bind off and throw it in water and dry and remeasure to see how much it stretches or shrinks. Only then will you really know .... It would be hell to make a sweater thinking you had gauge only to have that sweater really end up being a huge swatch that didn't work out.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:33 AM   #4
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Here are a few simple rules to calculate gauge:
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