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Old 01-31-2009, 11:37 PM   #1
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Why is my dc gauge not working??
The pattern calls for: (sport weight yarn)

Crochet tension: 24 sts (= tr) x 13 rows in Alpaca on hook no. 3 = 10 x 10 cm

Its written in british english so I used a size K hook and a dc. Which is a tr in british. Well that was way to big even though thats what it calls for than I went all the way down to a D and still to big???? I have never checked gauge before so must be doing something wrong... How do I need to do this?

What i did was chain 24 and do the 13 rows is that not the way you do it?

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Old 01-31-2009, 11:45 PM   #2
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I was going to say a size K sounds way too big for sport weight yarn, but I would think a size D would be OK.

You might try making your swatch a bit bigger. I find it hard to measure when I just crochet (or knit) the exact number of stitches and rows called for.

How far off is your tension? If you can't get it, you might be able to adjust your pattern a bit to make it work out.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:21 AM   #3
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with the d hook it is 12cm.
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Is this for a sweater? If so, then how wide is it supposed to be for the size you are making?
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its for a dress here is the link to it

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/vi...d_id=4&lang=en
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Hmmm...I'm just estimating this in my head because I'm used to thinking in terms of inches, but it seems to me that with that gauge you would end up with a dress that's going to be a bit wider than what the pattern calls for over all. For instance, if you are making the smallest size, which asks you to chain 106, you will end up with a garment that is a bit over 8 cm wider, which is close to two inches.

However, since this is a garment for a child, and kids grow so quickly, I'd think you would be OK to just go with that gauge, as long as you have some extra yarn so you won't run out.
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Since the pattern is in UK terms then I am going to assume the hook size they refer to is in mm and the American size hook for a 3mm would be a "C" hook and it will probably give you the gauge you need. Pattern directions in UK then hook size in UK also. Try the C hook and see what happens.
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Originally Posted by mathwizard View Post
Since the pattern is in UK terms then I am going to assume the hook size they refer to is in mm and the American size hook for a 3mm would be a "C" hook and it will probably give you the gauge you need. Pattern directions in UK then hook size in UK also. Try the C hook and see what happens.
I didn't know that the number and the mm matched on UK hook sizes. Thanks for that info! All I knew was that you pretty much have to go by the mm for US hook sizes because the letters (and sometimes non-mm numbers) they use to designate hook size aren't consistent from one company to another. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Prinmel View Post
The pattern calls for: (sport weight yarn)

Crochet tension: 24 sts (= tr) x 13 rows in Alpaca on hook no. 3 = 10 x 10 cm

Its written in british english so I used a size K hook and a dc. Which is a tr in british. Well that was way to big even though thats what it calls for than I went all the way down to a D and still to big???? I have never checked gauge before so must be doing something wrong... How do I need to do this?

What i did was chain 24 and do the 13 rows is that not the way you do it?

Thanks
Try this yarn standard US/UK chart for the crochet stitches 24 to 10 cm (near 4 inches) it must be a B (1) to E(4) US hook size.

Here is the UK hook size 3 is a US D at most on this UK to US chart.

So the pattern said UK 3 that a D in US, 10 cm is about 4 inches.

Smaller than a D is Steel hook size 1 (Steel hook size 0 = D).

I found Wrights Boye hooks here including steel set (commonly used for thread crochet lace and doilies.

So, that pattern must have some very fine weight yarn.

Yes, I do doilies.

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Since the pattern is in UK terms then I am going to assume the hook size they refer to is in mm and the American size hook for a 3mm would be a "C" hook and it will probably give you the gauge you need. Pattern directions in UK then hook size in UK also. Try the C hook and see what happens.
I haven't seen any size C crochet hooks. That's why I recommented a size 1 steel hook 2.75 mm where as D is 3.25 mm. (well, those are Boye sizes in mm) I see Susan Bates has different mm sizes for these letters and numbers.

So if your hooks are Susan Bates, then C is 3 mm and a Bates steel hook size zero "0" is 2.55 mm.

Prinmel, are you using Boye hook, size D (3.25mm) and getting 4.72 inches (12 cm) or another brand of hook?

Aside from that, yarn weight might be part of the issue, no?

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