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Old 04-19-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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What do they mean by "gauge?
In a pattern, what does the "gauge" actually mean?
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:30 PM   #2
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It's the tension of your sts, how loose or tight they are. If a pattern suggests 16sts over 4", you should get 4 sts per inch so the sweater or hat will fit you and not be too large or too small. If you get 5 sts per inch and knit the pattern size you think you wear, it will be too small; if you get 3 sts/inch it'll be too large. You can use a different gauge, but will have to adjust the pattern, using more or less stitches.
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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I have these links bookmarked for more info.

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