Friday AM: Make YOUR Gauge Work! with Patty Lyons
Instructor: Patty Lyons
You know the basics of gauge, but how do you make your own gauge work for you! Stop trying to match the gauge exactly and learn how to knit a project to YOUR gauge. After a review of the basics, and how to make a “truthful” swatch, we’ll get to some of the trickier elements of gauge, such as pre-blocked vs. blocked gauge, hung gauge, and the difference between yarn gauge and pattern gauge. We will explore what to do when a project is knit in the round or in a pattern stitch. We’ll even look at special gauge techniques such as speed swatch and an open cast on. Finally, we’ll master the math of using your gauge, not just the pattern gauge. We’ll learn how to work an existing size with a different gauge, resize a sweater by using a different gauge, how to add different stitch patterns to your garment, and how to make adjustments to your pattern when your row gauge is off. Stop trying to match someone else’s gauge and discover the joys of making YOUR gauge work!
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Skill Level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off; recognize the knit and purl stitch, and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision. Basic understanding of what gauge is and how to make a gauge swatch. Must be familiar with the math of gauge.Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off; recognize the knit and purl stitch, and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision. Basic understanding of what gauge is and how to make a gauge swatch. Must be familiar with the math of gauge.
- Any smooth, light-colored worsted to chunky weight yarn for swatching (no novelty or texture yarn)
- Small extra ball of yarn
- 16″ circular needle size US 9-11 (whichever you used to make your swatch – see homework below)
- 1 empty needle for casting on
- double-pointed needle in small size or tapestry needle
- ruler, calculator, paper & writing utensil
- Using your yarn and appropriate needle, cast on 24 stitches.
- Knit in Stockinette stitch for 5 inches (no garter edge)
- Do not bind off; leave on needle with yarn attached.
Cancelled class registrations are eligible for a refund (minus a $20.00 cancellation fee per class) until September 30th, 2017. After September 30th,there are no refunds for class cancellations unless your seat can be filled from a waiting list ($20.00 cancellation fee still applies). To request a refund or transfer of class registration please contact us. Materials fees are fully refundable.