Many of you know that in addition to all the fun events and groups the Lion Brand Yarn Studio hosts, we also run nearly 100 classes a month. We have classes every day, night and all day on Sunday in three classrooms! To view our class page, click here. To book a class online click here.
Since we hold over 90 specialty workshops in knitting, crochet, weaving, machine knitting and dyeing, we know so many choices, can make you head spin!
Get En”Gauged” : Sunday April 17th at 2:00 pm
For price, materials, and skill level, please see our class schedule. Click here
Gauge can be the least understood topic in knitting. It has nothing to do with experience, or skill. The great thing about knitting is it’s done by hand–our hands–and each of our hands are different. There is an amazing board * that hangs in our classroom showing the same number of stitches knit in the same yarn with the same needles, but the difference is the knitter, and WHAT a difference. From the gauge board:
Our staff’s gauge ranged from the loosest (13 st per 4” ) to the tightest (16.6 st per 4”)
That means if we cast on 80 stitches for a cardigan back
Knit to gauge (4 st per inch) = 40″ chest
Knit to loosest (3.25 st per inch) = 49″ chest
Knit to tightest gauge (4.125) = 38 ¾” chest
Did you know that certain fibers (like the cotton bamboo) may stretch to their final size after you finish. To factor gravity into your swatching, wash and block your swatch, let it dry and measure it. Then clip it in a pants hanger to hang, and hook on a few earrings for weight. After a few hours, then measure it again. You’ll may be surprised at the difference.
In the gauge class, we learn not only how to properly make a gauge swatch, but we also learn the difference between yarn gauge and pattern gauge, how bounce and fiber content can effect gauge, how different needle materials can effect gauge, when to wash and block your swatch, and more. We answer age old questions like, “What happens if I match the stitch gauge but not the row gauge?” and “I didn’t get the gauge, now what do I do?” We also go over gauge secrets like how to make a flat swatch for knitting in the round, how to use your gauge swatch to figure out how much yarn you will need for a project, and the most popular request, how you can re-size a pattern using gauge.
Don’t waste time knitting garments that don’t fit, learn how to master gauge and make garments that fit you like a glove (or a sweater, or a top).
* NOTE: The gauge board was something I saw at a wonderful shop in Portland, OR called Twisted. I asked the owner if I could steal her idea outright and she graciously consented. Thanks Twisted!