Adding Gauge to Patterns

To be honest, I’ve never been a “gauge” crocheter.  This, in my opinion, is a very bad habit I’ve developed.  When I make afghans, scarves, etc. I, for the most part, don’t care if the gauge matches.  As long as it looks ok.  When I started designing my own patterns I started with afghans.  Because I had never paid attention to it before, I didn’t list it in any of my patterns. 

Then, last year I began writing out my hat patterns.  Again, because of this habit, I didn’t even think to include the gauge.  For the most part it has not been an issue.  I think in the past year, I can count on one hand the number of people who have had questions with my gauge.  But I’ve decided this needs to change.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to fix this, for those who have already purchased one of my patterns in the past.  There is no possible way for me to email hundreds of people. (a big thank you to those hundreds of people who like my patterns!)  So, I came up with this solution.  I now have a button at the top that will have a list of all the patterns I have made previously with the gauge used.  That way if someone comes looking all the info is right there. 

They will all be corrected by March 1st, so if you purchase a pattern after that date, gauge will be included.

And, if you’re a new crocheter, take it from me.  Get in the habit of checking gauge from the beginning, especially with garments and/or apparel.

4 thoughts on “Adding Gauge to Patterns”

  • >What a brave thing to admit! All you hear all of the time is how important gauge is … and it is, but it's good to know that other great crocheters out there have struggled with the dullness of gauge as well.

  • >Thanks ladies! I still don't like to use gauge, but I guess I've realized some people do. I do see the importance in apparel, so it'll be a stretch for me, but I'm going to try.

  • >I am not one to pay much attention to gauge either…as you said, "as long as it looks right." When I am making my own hats… I gauge them more to circumference than gauge,but having said all this..I do believe if you are crocheting another's pattern…you have no way of knowing how loosely or tightly they crochet, so gauge comes in handy in that instance.

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