GAUGE Tension

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At the beginning of any knitting pattern, the designer will state the gauge (tension) that you need to achieve and this is used to calculate the finished dimensions of the garment. It is a veiy important part of knitting and is the number of stitches and rows to lin (2.5cm). If you do not get the correct gauge (tension) the garment will not be the correct size. More stitches to lin (2.5cm) and the garment will be smaller; fewer stitches to lin (2.5cm) and the garment will be bigger. A tight fitting sweater may end up big and baggy.

In knitting patterns, the gauge (tension) is given over 4in (10cm). For example, 22 stitches and 28 rows to 4in (10cm) measured over stockinette (stocking) stitch on size 6 (4mm/UK8) needles. You must work a square of fabric measuring at least 6in (15cm), using the stated yarn, needle size and stitch. You can then measure the fabric in the middle of the square, avoiding the edge stitches which will be distorted.

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