Gauge in crochet one of the most useful tools a yarn artist can know! If you have found yourself here you are probably wondering what the term “Gauge” means.
Well, gauge is a great tool for making sure all your crocheted pieces have a similar unified look when finished. Even I sometimes wish I could skip the gauge part, but then I will have a hat or blanket that is either bigger or smaller than the designer intended. Following gauge really helps with your crochet projects to guarantee the correct size every time. I promise! 🙂 Keep on scrolling down to find out what all the fuss is about and how gauge can easily be applied to most any crochet project!
What is Gauge in Crochet?
You may have asked yourself that very question before when you have seen the term “Gauge” in crochet patterns. If you are one of the many crocheters who wondered what that meant, then I am here to help! In this Crochet 101 post I’ll explain what gauge is and why is it a necessary tool for most crochet patterns today!
So What is Gauge?
Gauge is the number of stitches and rows per inch in a pattern. Gauge is a way to make sure the pattern you are crocheting works out to be the size it was intended. There are many tools that can help you figure out what your gauge is in a project, but a good old tape measure will do the trick just fine too!
Why is Gauge so important?
Gauge is important to follow so you don’t end up with a finished crochet project that is too big or too small. It tells you the amount of stitches that you will need in a certain measurement of a project.
How to I find the Gauge in crochet patterns?
More than likely most crochet patterns today will have a section for gauge. When reading patterns you may have seen something similar to what is listed here…. “(X amount) of ST’S for ever (X amount) of inches” And thought WHAT?? Well, don’t worry, I can help!
Here is an example of a gauge you may see in a crochet pattern.. 4 ST (stitches) for every 2 inches
What the above example, means is… You will need to make sure that you have 4 ST’s (stitches) for every 2″ of the pattern you are working on. Sometimes patterns will even have how high the rows should be. The same measuring rule will apply to rows also. To help with measuring I like to use a tape measure to make sure my gauge is spot on with every project.
When reading a pattern and you see that the crochet designer says ST’s in the gauge that will mean whatever stitches they have used to make the pattern with which may be single crochet, double crochet depending on the design.
How do I make sure my Gauge is correct?
I would suggest making a practice swatch (a smaller version of the pattern) which is usually a 5-6″ piece to make sure your stitches are correctly meeting the required gauge for the project. There are many tools like this Susan Bates Gauge Tool to help you out. Sometimes your gauge may be bigger or smaller than the required gauge so you will need to use a smaller or larger crochet hook to obtain the correct gauge.
I hope this explanation helped and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.