How do you crochet a swatch?

How do you read a crochet gauge swatch?

Simply, lay down your ruler/measuring tape and count the stitches across over a span of 4″ (or the length of the gauge in the pattern). Do the same vertically for the rows. You will now have your gauge. *You may want to measure from 2″ – 5″ as the first inch may not always be accurate on a measuring tape.

How do you measure crochet tension?

Use a pin as a marker and insert it vertically between two stitches. Then, using a rigid ruler, horizontally measure 10cm (4in) and place another pin in the fabric. Count the number of stitches between the two pins and if your tension corresponds with that given in the pattern, then you can start crocheting.

How many stitches do I cast on for a hat?

Shape the top of the hat (top shaping)

Gauge Number of Stitches between Markers
3 sts/inch 7 (8 ,8)
4 sts/inch 10 (10, 11)
5 sts/inch 12 (13, 13)
6 sts/inch 15 (16, 16)

How long should a gauge swatch be?

Gauge is a measure of the number of stitches in your knitted fabric per 10cm (4″) of width, and how many rows there are in a 10cm length. To knit an accurate gauge swatch, you need to cast on enough stitches to make a square at least 10cm wide, plus enough either side to make a non-rolling border.

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