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yoursandi1 wrote
on Jan 21, 2008 10:27 PM

Okay I'm looking at this really old book about crafts and it says that to get the guage right you must crochet the required stitches and rows and then measure to see if you got the guage right.

It also says that when a designer makes a pattern up she has to do this to determine her own guage before she even starts to work her new design. It alludes to the fact that her chosen stitch pattern might not work for all sizes. (Long winded, I know)

All these years I did not know any of this. I thought I was supposed to start the project and measure from that. Obviously there is more to designing than I knew about.

Has anyone ever heard of this before? Or am I picking on my own self and need to let myself off the hook? (clever play on words)

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PaulineL wrote
on Jan 21, 2008 11:51 PM

Hi Sandi,

I think gauge is talked about more in connection with knitting perhaps because getting gauge so important to produce garments that fit, and garment making is more traditionally a knitting thing rather than a crocheting thing - gauge is not critical for afghans, table cloths, or even ponchos. Now crocheted garments are fashionable and you hear more about gauge for crochet.

If you're not a knitter, it's not surprising that you missed all the fuss about gauge.

There, did that let you off the hook?


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yoursandi1 wrote
on Jan 22, 2008 11:13 AM

Hi Pauline. My first projects were knitted. Mostly because I was pregnant and there was a lot more knitting to choose from (as you said). After baby one I pretty much gave up on knitting.

I got the crochet fever when so many knitted projects required me to get someone else to do the crochet part for me.

But, I see the more modern books don't have what must be old fashioned ideas and requirements are more relaxed now.

In other words, what you said.

The big thing for me with the gauge was knowing that sometimes my projects are way bigger than they should be. I learned that some people crochet a lot tighter than I do.

And then I learned to go up or down a hook size and some designers seem to crochet with the same tension or gauge as I do. I tend to stick with them and the company that publishes their patterns.

I have to measure gauge now because I'm making my own patterns. It's tougher to write a pattern than it is to come up with the design.

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on Jan 23, 2008 9:19 AM

I rarely concern myself with gauge even when I am working on garments which is what I generally crochet. The size of dresses shirts and sweaters can usually be adjusted simply by adding a row or two in the bodice (at least if you are working a seamless pattern). I tend to crochet tightly so I usually just start a new project using a hook a size larger than recommended.

I am the SAHM of 3 year old twins. In my "spare" time I hook my creations for friends or for fees.

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yoursandi1 wrote
on Jan 23, 2008 2:58 PM

I hear what your saying and I am pretty much the same way myself. Well, except that I tend to crochet much looser than some and so I go for a smaller hook or don't worry about the guage.

The big problem came in when I decided to design patterns for profit. There are rules and regulations to go by. And a lot of rejections.

I've all but decided to heck with that. I'll self publish.

Or as the song says, "I'll do it my way".

"Seven days without crochet makes one weak"

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