Have you ever wondered why your crochet project isn’t measuring up to the dimensions it should be? Have you ever made a slipper, top, or hat and the final product came out way too big or way too small?
If this has happened to you, you need to check your gauge!
What is gauge?
*Typically it’s 4″x4″, but not always.
How to Check Gauge
*Tips – Jot down the yarn weight, hook, and your gauge so you can use it for future reference for other patterns.
Also, if you find that you have the same gauge as a designer, take note of that as you most likely can get away with following that same designer’s other patterns without checking your gauge.
It would also be a good idea to take note that a certain designer has a looser/tighter tension so you know that you will most likely have to go up/down a hook size when following that particular designer’s patterns.
Why it’s Important to Check Your Gauge
Confession: For the longest time, I never checked my gauge. Should I have? Yes, probably. I made tons of hats using patterns and sold them without checking my gauge. I never had any complaints, but I was actually commended on the hats having some room for the kids so they could wear it another year.
Basically, I was making my hats a bit larger than they should have been. Win win for the kids and the parents getting more bang for their buck, but not a win if you’re an adult and you’d like your hat to fit perfectly and not loosey goosey.
So that is the #1 reason you need to check your gauge. You may be making items too large or too small. It dwindles down to your tension – if you crochet loose (like me) your items may end up larger and if you crochet tightly, your items may end up smaller.
With that being said, it all depends on the pattern and who designed the pattern. If the designer of the pattern has a similar tension to yours, no worries. Likewise, if the designer has a very different tension than yours, your item most likely will not come out being the same dimensions. Make sense?
It’s super important to check your gauge when making a garment/top because measurements determine if the garment will fit you correctly or not.
Something like a blanket or scarf may not be detrimental to check your gauge, but it wouldn’t hurt if you’d like the exact dimensions that pattern designer obtained.