Saturday 10/11/2014, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Secrets of Gauge with Patty Lyons
Gauge is one of the most important elements in your knitting. It takes just a few minutes to properly gauge swatch but a whole lot of time to knit a sweater that doesn’t fit. We will explore all the ways your gauge swatch can (and has in the past) lie to you! We will reveal the difference between yarn gauge and pattern gauge, as well as exploring what to do when a project is knit in the round or in a pattern stitch, or when you just can’t match the row gauge. We’ll even learn how to resize a sweater by using a different gauge yarn. Make every sweater fit you like it was made for you . . . because it was!
Light colored, worsted weight or chunky yarn (gauge 14 - 16 stitches per 4 inches), NO NOVELTY YARN, NO TEXTURED YARN; US 9-11 needles & hooks (the sizes you used to make your swatches), double pointed needle in a small size or a tapestry needle.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Cast on 24 stitches, knit in stockinette for 5 inches, no garter edges. Do not bind off swatches. All swatches are to be put on a stitch holder or left on a needle. Leave plenty of yarn attached to these swatches, we will be working them.
Optional for in the round knitters: On circular needle cast on 24 stitches.
Row 1 K2 through back loop (tbl), p2, k16, p2, Kk2 tbl. Leave on needle with yarn attached.
(Yes, only knit one row!)