B.Hooked TV Episode 14: How to Make (and Read) a Gauge Swatch

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When you watch this episode of B.Hooked TV you’ll learn how to make a gauge swatch as well as how to “read” it. Doing so is the assurance you need to be sure your project will come out the size you expect.

Before you start a pattern, it’s a good practice to make a gauge swatch.

But why you ask? Well, if you do, it’ll let you know if the project will turn out the right size when you’re finished with it. That’s pretty important, right?

Basically, we all have a unique crochet and knit style and gauge is something that bridges the gap between your style and the designers. Subtle differences in the way we make our stitches compound over the length of the project so it effects the overall size, sometimes by a lot. Not only can the wrong gauge make your project bigger or smaller than you expect but it may also be the difference in having the right amount of yarn or not.

I’m on a mission to make gauge something you understand and not something you dread. In episode 11 we learned what gauge is and why you need to swatch and in episode 12 we learned how to use gauge to make a pattern bigger or smaller. So in this episode I want to share the fundamentals of gauge; how to make a gauge swatch, how to read it and what to do with that information.

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Supplies used in this episode

Hook | Tulip Etimo 5.5 mm – Get it on Amazon

Yarn | Premier Home Cotton – Get it on Amazon

Gauge Measuring Tool | By Susan Bates – Get it on Amazon

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Some topics are best explained one-on-one. Since Brittany can’t be right there with you, B.Hooked TV is the next best thing. You’ll find helpful tips for improving your crochet and knitting skills in a relaxed and conversational way. It’s not your everyday tutorial but we try to keep them fun, interesting and educational.

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