Friday, April 3, 2009

Why Don't Cha?

I'm running around the house this morning with a tape measurer. After completing my most recent FREE crochet pattern for the "Kiss Me Washcloth," (now available on my website) I've decided to see if there is a commonality with my crochet stitch work, or if there is a fluke, star aligning, type of thing going on with my gauge.

Would my gauge fall into the category of:
A. More stitches than rows to the inch
or B. More rows than stitches to the inch.

Based upon what I'm seeing I now consider myself illuminated! It seems, more times than not, that I fall into category C: my crochet stitch work is measuring equal; I crochet to the square inch! Based upon a workshop I took with Lily Chin last year, she said it is very unusual for a crocheter to measure equally in both stitches and rows.

What does this mean to me? It means I'm still living up to that title I was voted as back in the 8th Grade: Most Unique. {{giggles}} Readers, which category do you normally fall into? Have you noticed? Knowing your normal gauge style will help you make needed adjustments to meet a particular designers gauge. This may mean you will need to loosen or tighten up a bit, pull up loops higher or shorter than normal, and/or change hooks. I urge you to take out your tape measurers and run around the house too; you never know, you just might be unusual like me. Naturally, singing, "Don't Cha wish your gauge was square like me," is totally optional. :)((grins))


--donna said...

I was wondering if you used wooden hooks, and the picture in this entry says yes. Cool.

CrochetWithDee said...

Hi Donna,
Thank you for visiting. :)

Yes, I use wooden crochet hooks every chance I get!!