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)
"Seven days without crochet makes one weak"
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Or as the song says, "I'll do it my way".