Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Gauge Matter

Tension or gauge cannot be taken lightly. The correct tension will help you make sure that your final item will result in the closest approximate size of the garment or project  mentioned in the pattern. 
I have receive many emails from people saying the result of their project is different than whan it says in the pattern, either become too big or too small and the root of the problem in most cases is that they ignore the process called checking the gauge.

Here is what to do.

Crochet about 3 inches and 10 rows of a swatch in single crochet.  Measure the middle area of the fabric then check your gauge or tension.  The sample below says:

2 inches = 9 sc
1 inch = 6 rows


Check your gauge toward the requirement in the pattern, if it is less try making another swatch in a smaller hook. If it is more try using the larger hook.  

Some yarns came without label (especially yarns sold in Indonesia) making the job of the designer and crocheter harder. But despair not, just try this.

Check your gauge toward the standard yarn weight system. For example if your gauge is 20 sts in 4 inch then your yarn weight falls into category size 2 Sport/Baby which crochet gauge ranges between 16-20 sts in 4inch in single crochet.

Hope this help you making a better and precise garment you intended to make according to the patterns you are following.

All of my photographs have hidden copyright info on its meta data. Please do not reupload my files by any means to another blog or website. You can share the link. You can make items with my patterns for yourself or as gifts. Please contact me if you need the photos on my blog to be used in commercial publications.


How Much Yarns do I need?

Useful Yarn Calculations

If the yarns came without label do the following technique to measure the length of the yarn.

DIY yarn calculation
http://crochet-rockstar.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-measure-length-of-yarn-easy-way.html

The following chart estimates how much yarn you will need for  the specific projects using the yarns produced in Indoensia. For other brands check the yarn company's label.


Indonesia use metric system so don’t forget the conversion 1 Yard = 0.91 m


Yarn Brand
Crochet Yardage
AFGHAN

Baby 20" x 30"
Adult 60" x 60"
Lace 

1760
4500
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
1500
3835
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
1300
3450
Bulky 

1100
2500
HAT

Child 18"
Adult 20"-22"
Lace

230
230-360
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
230
230-360
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
162
195-210
SCARF

Child 6" x 40"
Adult 8" x 54"
Lace

572
860
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
455
845
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
247
495
Bulky

163
325
SWEATER

Child (chest size) 24" - 28" - 32"
Adult (chest size) 36" - 40" - 44" - 48"
Lace

675 - 1300 - 1885
2340 - 2730 - 3250 - 3510
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
715 - 1040 - 1430
1820 - 2080 - 2470 - 2730
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
650 - 845 - 1300
1560 - 1820 - 2080 - 2340
Bulky

360 - 650 - 910
1170 - 1300 - 1560 - 1690
VEST

Child (chest size) 24" - 28" - 32"
Adult (chest size) 36" - 40" - 44" - 48"
Lace

520 - 715 - 975
1235 - 1465 - 1642 - 1885
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
390 - 520 - 780
910 - 1175 - 1235 - 1430
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
325 - 455 - 650
780 - 975 - 1105 - 1235
Bulky

228 - 325 - 520
585 - 715 - 845 - 910


Calculation example for crochet blanket using Katun Bali Halus 10 ply
Baby blanket  = 1500 yard = 1365 m : 143 m = 9.5 ball

Using Cashmillon DK size
Baby blanket = 1500 yards = 1365 m: 225 m = 6 balls.

 Always buy one ball extra for any project you make incase you are running out of yarns because all yarn balls came in approximate length.

© Image Copyright
Irtati Wibisono 2013
Other Source:  Lion Brand  


All of my photographs have hidden copyright info on its meta data. Please do not reupload my files by any means to another blog or website. You can share the link. You can make items with my patterns for yourself or as gifts. Please contact me if you need the photos on my blog to be used in commercial publications.