Calling All Knitters: The Question of Gauge

Let me get right my dilema …

I used to be like this:

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but I’m not like that anymore.  However, although swatching and gauge checking are now my best friends, I’m not sure if I should use them for every project.   What I want to know is do you all swatch for small items?  Like hats, socks, mittens?

You can answer me in the comments or through the poll below.  Thanks bunches.

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10 comments

  1. For sweaters, tops & such, I do a gauge swatch. When it comes to hats & scarfs though I’m optional. I may swatch just to see how the yarn knits up to decide whether it will be suitable for a project.

  2. Swatching for garments is 100% necessary. For anything else (accessories, shawls etc!) swatching is totally unnecessary IMHO, I do sometimes knit a small square using the pattern before casting on so that I can decide if I am going to like the finished look of the lace/texture/colors.

  3. I don’t swatch the small patterns, and they usually turn out fine. If it doesn’t, I learn from the mistake and make another one. You can always give the ill-fitting one to someone who can use it.

    1. I thought about doing exactly what you suggested. If the projects don’t fit, I can always donate to charity or to family/friends. Thanks so much for weighing in.

  4. This is what happens when I don’t swatch on a hat: Gauge is verrrrry important! Love you and thinking positive thoughts and happy vibes for you always! Paula Sent from my iPhone

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    1. @ Paula … We’re twins this way. Hats for me have been hit or miss. Sometimes they are spot on and fit perfectly, other times … whomp, whomp!!! I’m thinking that I should probably swatch enough even if just to check the width.

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