Gauge Square, Yes
Gauge square is a must 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 five garter stitch rows, followed by 25 rows of stockinette leaving three garter stitches on each side of the square and ending with five more garter rows.
Only six knitters achieved the exact yarn ball band gauge. There were 3 inches of difference in the size of some swatches. Can’t you imagine what that might do to the fit of your garment?
A crochet group also did a similar gauge square with same results.
Let’s All Swatch
Let’s all do the dreaded gauge square and make sure we are getting the proper gauge before we knit our garments. If we 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.
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