Podcast Episode 39: Gauge Squatch



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Links to things we talk about in this episode:

What’s Your Knitting Style
Simple Stretchy Bind-Off
Shadow Chevron Stitch
Choosing a Sweater Size

7 comments on “Podcast Episode 39: Gauge Squatch

  1. Hi ladies!!! You forgot about yolk sweaters being top down. Love this style and fits me the best! Love you two – keep up the great work! Rachel, not from Alaska, but from the gorgeous state of Michigan ?

  2. I have heard about “check your gauge as you knit’ on some youtube videos. To be honest, gauge can change depending on your mood. Have you ever knitted when you are stressed out? Your gauge will tighten up. Or when you are a bit sleepy and you get loose… The author of sweaters that fit (sorry can’t remember her name) actually recommends taking your stitches off the needles after several inches to recheck your gauge. She actually does it a couple times while knitting that fitted sweater.
    Just FYI…

  3. Thanks, Evelyn. I don’t recommend doing that – it is possible that one’s gauge will change a bit depending on stress level and circumstances, but your best bet for accurate gauge is after washing and blocking, and measuring gauge in the middle of a project does not show you what it will be like after washing. I’ve heard about way too many projects going awry once the finished object was washed and blocked!
    S t a c i

    • I think you should take measurement before and after blocking, that way you will know if it will block out properly.

      I once created a gauge swatch trusted it, and knit a whole sweater. Only to find that I used the wrong needle from my two swatches. If I had measured my knitting as I was going I could have prevented having to rip out a WHOLE SWEATER in angora yarn. ACHOO!

  4. Thanks to the listener who reminded us about knitting on two circulars – it’s something I’ve done but not recently. I’m making the Fimmel Hat and reducing the crown of the hat with DPNs is getting “wonky” (as Staci is wont to say). Two circulars sounds like the perfect solution for small circumference items in fair isle.

  5. My favorite top-down, one piece sweater is a set-in-looking sleeve pattern called Valine by Mary Annarella, inspired by a method developed by Barbara Walker. I highly recommend it (I’ve knit it an embarrassing number of times) for anyone looking for something other than raglan shaping. It is extremely well-written, with great photos of the tricky bits.

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