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Swatch your work if you want your handcrafted item to fit. We all know we should knit a gauge square before we knit, but, often we don’t take the time to knit the square.

I found  “The Great Swatch Experiment by the Berroco Design Team very enlightening.

The Gauge Square

Using a ball of  Berroco Ultra Wool and US Size 8 needles, nearly two dozen knitters knit squares that were 24 stitches by 25 rows starting with 5 garter stitch rows, followed by 25 rows of stockinette leaving 3 garter stitches on each side of the square and ending with 5 more garter rows.

The Results

Only six knitters achieved the exact yarn ball band gauge.  There were 3 inches of size difference in some swatches.  Can’t you just imagine what that might do to the fit of your garment?

A crochet group also did a similar gauge square with similar results.

Let’s All Do It

Let’s all do the dreaded gauge square and make sure we are getting the proper gauge before we knit our garments.  If we just take the time to swatch, we can all save time.  Which means—we can start more projects!

Link to the Great Experiment

If you still aren’t convinced, here is the link to the experiment.

Source: The Great Swatch Experiment – Knitting and Crochet techniques from the Berroco Design Team