February Meeting: Gauge, and Why It Matters.
Our February meeting will take place
Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
P.S. 28 School Building
(at the extreme right of the parking lot—3 steps down to the basement)
We will be discussing “Gauge – and Why It Matters.” Gauge is the key to getting a well-fitting garment or the right size project and it applies to both knitters and crocheters. For this meeting there will be a homework assignment – making a practice gauge swatch to work with.
For knitters: With medium weight yarn and needles suitable for the yarn, cast on 40 stitches and knit for ~50 rows. If you know how to make a non-curling selvedge, do so. Cast off.
For crocheters: Also using medium weight yarn, single crochet a rectangle at least 20 (or more) stitches across and at lease 20 (or more) rows long. If you have more than one size hook, using the same yarn do the same swatch with different hooks to see the difference a size change makes. Label each swatch to indicate what size hook you used.
After we work with the swatch at the meeting, at a later time, you will launder your swatch as called for in the yarn manufacturer’s instructions or how you would launder the finished project, either by hand washing and laying flat to dry, or by machine washing and drying. We will then discuss the results at our next meeting.
Materials to bring to the meeting:
- gauge swatch
- pencil & paper
- gauge ruler or regular ruler.
- blocking pins if you have them.
If you have projects where the gauge did not come out exactly as you hoped for, please bring them as well.
Linda D. has volunteered for snacks and milk for February.
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