Class length
3 hours
Skill level
Supplies needed
1.75 oz (50 g) smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn
US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles
Needle gauge
2 stitch markers
Tape measure or ruler (both if you have them)
Pencil and paper
Materials fee
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.
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

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Class Description
Really? A whole class about gauge? Yes. Gauge 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.