Tips from Crystal Palace Yarns - Straw Into
Knitting Tip for checking gauge
with fuzzy, eyelash or loop bulky yarn
Sometimes you cannot see the stitches
well if you are knitting with a hairy or furry yarn.
If you use this marking method you'll be
able to count rows and stitches more easily.
Using the needles you want to use for the
body of your sweater, cast on 14 or more stitches. A good way to choose how
many stitches to cast on is to take the number of stitches you want to have in
4 inches/10 cm and add 2 stitches on each side.
So if your gauge calls for 12 stitches in
4 inches, cast on 16 sts. If you want to save a little yarn, cast on using
leftover yarns (doubled if they are finer than the yarn you are testing).
Knit 2 rows of garter stitch and one row
of St St. Change to main yarn and knit four rows in st st. K2, tie a colored
thread of contrasting color between the stitch just knit and the following
stitch, K12 (or the number you are testing for gauge), tie another contrasting
Work the number of rows, or a multiple of
them including the row just completed (perhaps 10 rows). AGAIN tie the marker
threads as above. Knit 2 more rows of st st and end with 2 rows of garter
Now you can measure your stitch and row
gauge using the colored threads to show known number of stitches and rows.
Above is a detail of the
Collar Royale in Splash
This is the kind of project where this tip for measuring gauge is needed.
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