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with Sarah Peasley
Online Class

Getting Gauge: Perfect Knit Fabric Every Time

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h1m

Included in this Class

1. Getting Started

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

2. What Affects Stitch & Row Gauge

Many factors can affect your gauge and change the look of your project: the yarn's weight, fiber or how it's spun or processed; needle types and sizes; how you knit; and even your state of mind! Sarah explains them all.

3. Making a Basic Gauge Swatch

3. Making a Basic Gauge Swatch

For a fitted garment such as a hat or sweater, you'll want to swatch to make sure your gauge matches the pattern. Even for projects such as shawls and scarves, swatching will tell you how the material will drape, whether your needles are comfortable to use and how the stitch pattern looks.