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Getting Gauge: Perfect Knit Fabric Every Time

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Get the look, feel and sizing you want in every project you knit! Master the essential skills for gauge, swatching and measuring.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including patterns for swatches and three projects
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Sarah Peasley
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Achieve the results you want with consistency and confidence. It all starts with an understanding of knitting gauge! Join designer and instructor Sarah Peasley to learn all about gauge as you follow along using three exciting patterns included with this class: a hat, a shawlette and a cowl. To begin, Sarah will guide you through the many factors that can affect your gauge and demonstrate why it's important that you check your gauge. It matters in flat knits such as scarves, too! Then, you'll discover tips and new techniques for calculating gauge before Sarah shows you how to use your swatch to preview the effects of blocking on your fabric. Think a pattern will look better in a different gauge? You'll also see how to alter your pattern to substitute in the fabric you want. Plus, you'll discover how gauge can help you predict characteristics of your finished project!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started
Meet knitting expert Sarah Peasley, your guide to using gauge for better knitting. Sarah outlines the three swatches and three projects -- a cowl, shawl and tiny hat -- that you'll work with in class. The patterns are included!
2. What Affects Stitch & Row Gauge
3. Making a Basic Gauge Swatch
4. Measuring Stitch & Row Gauge
5. Washing & Blocking
6. Altering & Designing Based on Gauge
7. Questions Your Swatch Can Answer

Taught by

Sarah Peasley
Sarah Peasley
Knitting is Sarah Peasley's one true love! A knitter for as long as she can remember, Sarah started teaching at her local yarn shop and in 2006 became a regular instructor for Stitches and other national events. Since then, she's been a technical editor for a variety of knitting publications, including Knitter's Magazine and XRX Books. Today, designing is her day job, but Sarah enjoys teaching more than ever. It's what connects her with enthusiastic and curious knitters just like herself. She teaches the way she would like to be taught: with patience, clarity, humor and all those extra little tidbits that make for smarter and happier knitting.

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