Tips and Tricks of the Craft!
On Gauge Although all of our yarn labels and patterns recommend particular needle sizes and gauges, not all knitters will be able to obtain the measurements, as given.
We cannot stress strongly enough, the concept and importance of gauge. Because each knitter works projects at their own tension, each knitter's piece, of the same pattern, will be slightly different. We think this is one of the elements that keeps knitting interesting.
It is imperative that you work a gauge swatch, in the prescribed stitch, of your chosen pattern. If your gauge is not as given in the pattern, experiment by increasing or decreasing the needle size, until your guage matches the one given in the pattern.
Some knitters never get the correct gauge. They simply make a judgment call, and work the size they think will fit them most suitably.
How do you choose a size? Do you consciously decide what size pullover you are going to knit?
Or do you always make a size medium?
Is your husband a standard size large and that is what you always knit him?
The size of the sweater you choose to knit, is one of the most important decisions you will make for each knitting project.
Gone are the days of choosing a size by translating chest size into a sweater size!
The easiest rule of thumb, when choosing the size you are going to knit, is to measure the chest of a favorite fitting sweater, in a similar weight yarn and stitch, and choose the size closest in measurement on the pattern.
Always refer to the finished measurements section of the pattern, not the size description. Some yarn company's size small finishes at 32", others finish at 40". Also, take into account the yarn you will be knitting with, the stitch(es), and the thickness of the fabric you are creating, when choosing a size.
For example, a bulky Montera cabled sweater should have an easier, looser fit than a finely knit Inca Alpaca sweater, that will be worn under a jacket. Take into account the undergarments you will be wearing.
Will you wear a turtleneck, a fitted shirt, another sweater, or nothing? All of these factors affect the fit of the finished garment. Knitting Backwards
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