Go to the section in your pattern that gives the required — that's required — gauge for the pattern. How is the gauge in your pattern measured? What size needles do you use, and what pattern stitch do you work? To brush up on the process of measuring gauge, refer to Chapter 3.
Always work your gauge swatch on the exact same needles and with the very same yarn you'll use for your project, not just needles of the same size and/or the same yarn in a different color. Facsimiles can be misleading. Needles of the same size but made out of different material, such as wood or Teflon-coated steel, can make a difference in the size of the stitch you make.
To find your gauge, follow these steps:
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