Take Time to Save Time (3 hours) (beginner/intermediate)


Class Description

Really? A whole class about swatching? Yes. Swatching really is that important, and this class will tell you why. Learn to make a proper gauge swatch, measure it accurately, and use what it tells you to make a garment that actually fits. Blocking and successful yarn substitution will also be discussed.

Techniques to be covered

  • How to work a gauge swatch
  • Yarn/needle/stitch choices
  • Circular vs. flat swatches
  • How to measure stitch and row gauge
  • How to measure stockinette/ribbing/textured stitches
  • How to wash/block
  • How much yarn is needed
  • How to alter a pattern based on gauge
  • What your swatch can tell you
  • Other uses for gauge swatches

Supplies needed

  • 50 gms smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles
  • Needle gauge
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Calculator
  • Tape measure or ruler (both if you have them)
  • Paper and pencil


With #4 (worsted-weight) yarn and size US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, cast on 31 stitches.

Knit 3 rows (garter-stitch border).

Rows 1-40: K4, [yo, p2tog, k1] to last 3 stitches, k3.

Knit 3 rows (garter-stitch border).

Bind off loosely. Cut yarn.