Workshop - Mastering the Gauge Swatch

The lure of beautiful yarn and a new pattern is hard to overcome. Fingers itch to cast on and get started. Sometimes the urge to get started finds knitters skimping on or skipping altogether the most important part of the whole project: the dreaded gauge swatch. In this workshop the knitter will learn the importance of gauge and how to make a swatch that provides the information to knit a garment that fits perfectly.

Prerequisites: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off.
Skills Taught: Gauge concepts and how to accurately measure for gauge.

Instructor:  Amy Gallmeyer

Dates:

Thursday, May 13 and 20 from 1pm to 3pm

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Saturday, July 10 and 17 from 1pm to 3pm

Materials: To be purchased at GarenHuis Yarn Studio.  One skein of worsted weight yarn in a light color.

Homework: With the worsted weight yarn knit one swatch using a US 4 needle, another using a US 6 needle and another using a US 8 needle. Work these swatches as you normally knit swatches for a project using stockinette (knit 1 row, purl 1 row). Knit one more swatch following the directions below.

Cast on 46 stitches.
Rows 1 - 4: knit
Row 5: knit
Row 6: knit 3, purl 40, knit 3.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 until piece measures 8 inches.
Then knit 4 rows and bind off.

**Bring all four swatches to class.