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The Importance of Gauge Swatches

Today I want to talk about crochet gauge swatches. What many crocheters don’t know is that gauge swatches are important in a lot of patterns, especially if you are making some type of clothing. If your gauge isn’t correct your finished product could come out all wrong.

So what exactly is a crochet gauge swatch? A gauge is a small swatch sampling either from a small piece of the pattern or one of the stitches used in the pattern. The overall purpose of making these gauge swatches is to make sure that your tension is even. If your tension is too tight or too loose, the sizing of your crochet item may not match the original design. If this happens, you want to try using a bigger or smaller crochet hook to test out first and see which matches better with the gauge swatch.

Depending on what you’re making, the correct gauge can be important. If you’re crocheting clothing for someone, such as a sweater, you’ll want to make sure your gauge is correct so that the finished product will fit the person it’s intended for. I like to think I’m a very neat crocheter as my tension seems to be even throughout my projects, but that’s not always the case. One time I tried making a particular slouchy hat, using the same hook size and yarn as the original pattern, and my gauge was way off! The hat came out super big and not at all what I wanted. This is why it’s important to check your gauge/tension when doing particular projects.

If you have any tips on gauge swatches or would like to share your experience, please leave me a comment.

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