How to use a gauge swatch

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What do you do if the needles you have available are not what the directions call for?  What to do? Can you still make the project? How do you know how many stitches to cast on?

This is exactly one reason you make a gauge swatch.

Here is what you can do:

1. Make a gauge swatch with the needles and yarn that you have available.

2. Count the number of stitches for four inches or ten centimeters.

3. Divide that number by four.  This will give you the number of stitches per inch.

4. If you are making a hat multiply the number you have for step 3 by the circumference of the head.

5. Then you will have the number of stitches you must cast on.

This is why it is very  important to do a gauge swatch. For practically every project I create a gauge swatch.  With that swatch I can adjust almost any aspect of the project or garment to fit my custom  needs.

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