My First Sweater – Gauge

Last week I mentioned how I made swatches for all my yarn possibilities for my first sweater.  I used those swatches as gauge swatches.  The gauge itself wasn’t important when picking out the yarn but it sure was before I could cast on for the sweater.

As I made each swatch I didn’t just measure gauge from there.  Nope.  I knit it, hung it up in the closet for a few days, washed it a few times, and then measured.  Why do all this?  Because you need to measure your swatch after it’s had the same treatment as your finished project will have.  Otherwise the gauge swatch will lie.  Sometimes it still lies anyway.  For example, the sweater is knit in the round but I have my swatches flat.  I know I’m going to have to be careful with that as it will change my gauge.

After all of this I decided that I wanted a tighter gauge then the pattern calls for.  The looser gauge wasn’t dense enough for me.  I don’t want anyone seeing through this sweater.

Now the tricky part is using this pattern with a different gauge.  It’s fairly simple but also very tedious.  The entire pattern needs to be converted into inches and then converted back to stitches using my gauge.  I lucked out a bit because after doing this math I found that I was close enough to use the stitch count for a few sizes larger to cast on.  It also meant no extra math to make sure the new stitch count would work in pattern.

This should get me through the first few inches at the bottom and once I’m ready for the next instructions I’ll have to do that math again to see if I can still follow the larger size or if I need to make adjustments.  I have to remember that I may need to be altering the pattern to fit my measurements as well as my gauge.  Luckily my math skills are up to this even if my patience may be a bit more of a challenge!

First Sweater Posts:

1. My First Sweater – Measurements
2. My First Sweater – Yarn
3. My First Sweater – Gauge
4. My First Sweater – Casting On
5. My First Sweater – Waist Shaping

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