How to Measure Your Gauge

You’re always reading that gauge is critical (even detrimental!) to most crochet projects, but how do you measure your gauge? As mysterious as it may sound, measuring your gauge is really not difficult at all! All you need is the crochet pattern, recommended yarn (per the pattern), and recommended hook size (again, per pattern’s instructions). Here’s the ‘How-To’ on measuring your gauge. (I’m going to be using a single example throughout.):

1. Review Pattern
Review the pattern and look for the “Gauge” section. Under this section, you’ll find something similar to:

12 sts and 12 rows = 4″/10cm over pattern stitch using size H/8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook.

2. Make A Swatch
You’ll start by making a condensed version of the pattern (like a swatch). In other words, the Gauge tells you 12 sts and 12 rows = 4″/10cm, so you will chain at least 12 chns and then begin the pattern. The pattern will continue until you complete 12 rows. At this point, measure your swatch. It should measure 4″x4″ (it’ll look like a perfect square according to this pattern’s instructions).

3. Possible Change in Hook Size
If your swatch is bigger than a 4″x4″, pick the next smaller crochet hook size. If it’s smaller than the given size, pick the next bigger crochet hook size. If the swatch matches the 4″x4″, keep your current hook size and begin your crochet project.

And that’s all, folks! I hope I’ve helped you understand exactly how to measure your gauge. If you have any questions, leave a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP. Have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂

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