Gauge Archives - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

Gauge Round Up

Tuesday Tip copyI have written about gauge many times. I think about gauge, I teach gauge, I believe in gauge.

Right now nearly 900 knitters are knitting up the Labadee Cowl and have found out how a tiny difference in a gauge swatch can domino into a cowl that’s way too big. Good news is I updated the pattern for THREE different gauges so if you don’t match the pattern gauge you can cast on few stitches and even eliminate a repeat here and there and get your dream cowl!

Next week hundreds of knitters will start swatching for the Roselle Tee Video KAL, so I thought this was a great time for a round up of . . .

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Rising Spades KAL Update

Last week clue #1  for the Rising Spades KAL / Sweater class hit the in box of 200 knitters. We’ve only just begun and there are new knitters joining us everyday!

Monday our first, of many, participation prizes will get awarded and of course, there are the grand prizes in December (and yes, one of them will be for a UFO!)

Knitters who join us before Dec 11 will still get 19 video tutorials (nearly 3 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just the price of the Rising Spades pattern – $8.00!! Let’s see how everyone’s doing.

Rising Spades KAL update

Learn More & Buy Now

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Why we swatch

Why We Swatch (hint . . . it’s not what you think)

Over the years I’ve written a lot about gauge (you can read them all here). From how to swatch for an in the round project, to special cast ons for gauge swatch to secrets of stitch gauge, row gauge and even secrets to measuring hard to see stitches. But today I want to talk about the real truth beyond gauge, the real reason we should be casting on . . .

Why We Swatch

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5 secrets of stitch gauge

5 Secrets of Stitch Gauge

Tuesday Tip copyI have written about gauge many times. I think about gauge, I teach gauge, I believe in gauge. I’ve filmed a video for a special cast on for gauge, written about how to measure when you can’t see your stitches, how to block your swatch, secrets of row gauge and how to swatch for in the round projects.

Right now nearly 300 knitters are swatching for the Tortola KAL, (jump in, we’re just getting started). There are THREE video tutorials just on gauge, as well as a how to document to teach you the math you need if your stitch gauge is off. There’s a lot of great info going on between knitters in my Ravelry group right now about gauge, so I thought I’d devote this month’s Tuesday Tip to the wonders of the . . .

5 Secrets of Stitch Gauge

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Big Box of Knitting Fails – It’s a GROWER!!

Big Box of Knitting FailsFor those of you that have taken classes with me, you know all about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”. I seem to have an example of something tragic I’ve done in my knitting for nearly everything I’m teaching. So, I’m launching a new blog series to dig into my knitting boo boos. Today’s episode . . .

Bad Fit or The Tale of the Amazing Growing Yarn

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5 secrets of row gauge

5 Secrets of Row Gauge

Tuesday Tip copyI have written about gauge many times. I think about gauge, I teach gauge, I believe in gauge. I’ve filmed a video for a special cast on for gauge, written about how to measure when you can’t see your stitches, how to block your swatch, and how to swatch for in the round projects.

Today it’s time to turn our attention to something that can make or break a sweater, and reveal . . .

5 Secrets of Row Gauge

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Big Box of Knitting Fails: Giant Sweater :(

Big Box of Knitting FailsFor those of you that have taken classes with me, you know all about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”. I seem to have an example of something tragic I’ve done in my knitting for nearly everything I’m teaching. So, I’m launching a new blog series to dig into my knitting boo boos. Today’s episode . . .

Gauge Tragedy: Why close is not close enough.

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Fun at the Madison Knitters Guild Knit In

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get to return to one of the most awesome knitting guilds, Madison!

I spoke at the guild last year, and had this amazeballs view from the stage:

Madison Knitter's Guild

Madison Knitter’s Guild 2014 – – That’s what over 500 knitters looks like!

The guild is filled with some of the most mad skilled knitters I’ve ever seen in one place . . . so when they asked me back to be the keynote speaker and featured teacher for their annual event, I was thrilled!

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Tuesday Tip – Measuring Gauge

Tuesday Tip copyYeah, yeah, yeah (you’re probably thinking), I know I need to make a gauge swatch. This isn’t about the need or even the how, but the what the heck do you do when . . . .

Measuring in Knitting – The X-Ray

So as many of you that have taken my gauge class knows, I’m not a fan of just measuring the entire width of a swatch to get your gauge. This method (for me) has proven to be very inaccurate, especially when designing a garment in negative ease where the gauge will really matter.

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