Denise's NeedleWorks
Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

I am wife to Jeff, homeschool mom to 8, a knit and crochet teacher and totally addicted to knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts. After knitting, crocheting and sewing my own clothing from the age of 10 on, I studied textiles & clothing in college. That lead me to 25 years of custom dressmaking and alterations work, while sewing, knitting and crocheting for my growing children. I have worked in the yarn industry for the past 3 years and have been designing my own knitting patterns. Visit my web site at Find me as DeniseInIowa on

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The importance of gauge

Now, you would think, that after the Streakers Shrug I would know to check gauge first.

I started the tote bag from Knitters with the quilt-look star last night during my class. I picked up needles in the size that the pattern called for and just started knitting. After I got home I thought to measure the first square that I had. Way too small! I think I need to go up a needle size or two.

So today I was wanting to get started on my cabled sweater. I cast on 45 stitches for a swatch so I could really get a good measurement. Perfect! I was right on! Now I can get started and know it should come out the right size.



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