How to Make a Gauge Swatch Work for You!

Knitting Tip: How to Make a Gauge Swatch Work for You

Knitting Tip: How to Make a Gauge Swatch Work for You

Why Rethink the Gauge Swatch

A standard gauge swatch, let's say a 4" x 4" swatch doesn't really tell you much which is why I think most knitters don't, or reluctantly work them.  This size also can make it hard to see and count the stitches, so why bother.

Why Make a Larger Gauge Swatch

Aaaaah . . . now that's a different story.  Try making a larger swatch.  I usually make mine about 6" x 6".  Now I can really see and count my stitches per inch, see how much drape I'm going to have and best of all see how my pattern stitches are going to look.  If they're a little bit tough I'll also get to practice working them.

So knit that swatch a little wider and a little bigger.  Believe me when I say you won't be sorry!

Happy Knitting!

- Donna, Your Friendly Knitting Doctor

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Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.