Let’s Knit: Understanding Gauge and Tension

Let’s Knit: Understanding Gauge and Tension


Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well as yarnspirations.com. I’m your host Mikey. Today we’re going to talk about gauge, and this is the Let’s Knit Series and I decided to show this prior to actually showing you how to hold knitting needles or do any stitch work because the gauge is so important. I’m gonna show you a little bit of a pattern today from yarnnspirations.com but we’re also gonna talk about how the knitting needle and the yarn work with each other in order to get the uniform look of stitches as you see. So let’s talk about gauge. So let’s determine gauge.
Gauge is really quite important to allow you to duplicate what a designer has asked you to do.So what we have here is that when a designer makes something they have their own tension and the way that they’ve done it and It’s usually pretty close to standard. So what happens to here is that even though that you may have the same knitting needle and the same yarn Your tension could be loose or tight depending on your personality So it depends on what you’re watching on television your stress in your life Tension can be all over the place depending on you in crochet I’m a loose Crochet in the sense that anything that I make is always too big so the determine gauge what happens in the professional patterns is that they tell you how many stitches there are within a certain period So it’s either ten centimeters, or it’s four inches That’s pretty close, and so you just lay it over top you work And you count the number of stitches in this case There’s 13 so I can tell you that at this point is that my gauge is 13 stitches in the width then what you have to do is take your four inches and go in the height and What you have to do is you count the number of rows it takes to do four inches? just like so and that will be your gauge then in the height just Like that so it really gives you an indication on what you need to do So you will see this information on ball bands as well as on patterns Let’s take a look at both of those next So let’s take a look at the gauge using burnout Saji chunky as an example We want to rotate this ball so that we get the information that you can see here And this is telling me here Is that in if I use an eight millimeter or a size us 11 knitting needle that I will get 11 stitches in the width Just like this and there will be 14 rows of stitches in order to get 4 by 4 inches So this is telling me what this is so for example. Let’s say that I use this exact same knitting needle I use the same yarn and all of a sudden that when I go to do 4 inches across That I get more than 4 more than 11 stitches so say that I get 15 stitches That means that I would be a tighter knitter than what this is asking me for it doesn’t make it wrong not necessarily But you have to adjust yourself in order so that Injesting could mean that you would change the size of knitting needle Or you just relax a little bit more in order to get it to go now for example say that there was only Let’s just this is really doing it eight stitches across instead of eleven that means that I would be a really loose knitter and so therefore it would affect the Pattern as well so that would mean that if I did 11 stitches in That particular format of what I was just working with it means that I would probably be almost doing like five inches wide instead of Four so you have to really kind of watch this information, and it’s really quite important in your work So this tells you what this is what which is determined by professionals And so when you’re going to look at this kind of yarn This is a great indication but most professional patterns. Also have that information Let’s go take a look at that one next so this is a free pattern buy yarn spaciousness calm It’s just a garter stitch and you see it’s just one set of Instruction and you do the whole thing and it’s just back and forth doing garter So this is actually giving you the amount of gauge and let’s just just zoom in and see what that’s telling us so engages It’s usually four inches by four inches. Okay. It’s a square It could be ten centimeters by 10 as well depending on where you live, so it could either be in metric or imperial information So it’s telling me that with this size of knitting needle that is recommended for this particular pattern Which is a us 19 or a 15 millimeter circular knitting needle it tells me there will be five stitches in Just four inches of space and then telling me that there will be ten rows Going in four inches in the height So this gives me an indication of what I need to look for so for example say I do this now And I use the exact same information same yarn cetera and that I have eight stitches You know in order to get to four inches that means that I’m a tight knitter and so therefore my project will not be as big if I’m following these instructions but if I for example say that I get three stitches in Four inches and not five it means that I’m a loose crush of a loose inator therefore my project will be bigger so the Advantages is if it’s bigger that means that you will use more yarn your project will be bigger, and if you are a tighter Knitter it means that your project will be smaller you may use more yarn – or you may use less based on depending on your own Personality of your own tension so the gauge is so important to be able to cross mix between the pattern to the yarn ball To the knitting needles and all of that gauge is determined by your particular tension on the way that you knit So this is a quick lesson today on learning gauge when it comes to knitting until next time I’m Mikey on behalf of the crochet crowd as well as your inspiration is calm Have a great afternoon, and this is a special edition for knitting.

13 Replies to “Let’s Knit: Understanding Gauge and Tension”

  1. Hi…should you focus on the gauge on the thread package or should you focus on the gauge called for in the knitting pattern?

  2. i dont worry about gauge too much when making scarves or blankets. its in clothing and hats that it really is important. if you knit tight go try a larger needle if loose go down a size. ive only been knitting 3 or 4 years.
    it really fun to watch you learn Mikey! great tutorials.

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