Mastering Gauge

Learn the best methods for creating a gauge swatch, master the sure-fire ways of measuring, and above all, learn all the tips and tricks you need to ensure that your knitting comes out perfect every single time.

Tabetha Hedrick · April 1, 2020
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Just mentioning the subject of “gauge” can make a knitter run for the hills, but gauging properly can help ensure that at the end of your project you don’t get a sweater you can swim in, or one that squeezes  the breath out of you!

In the Mastering Gauge workshop, Tabetha Hedrick takes the frustration out of gauge swatching! You’ll learn the best methods for creating a gauge swatch, master the sure-fire ways of measuring, and above all, learn all the tips and tricks you need to ensure that your knitting comes out perfect every single time. These series of videos go in-depth on how to wash and block your swatches (and projects), as well as how the different fibres react to the various stitches, techniques, and tools available. By the end, you aren’t going to worry any more and you are definitely going to be excited to knit with a fresh, renewed view of the end goal.

You’ll also get the exclusive hat pattern featured in this workshop: Glas! Look for it under Course Downloads!


For any questions and to share your Mastering Gauge adventures, come visit us in the SOS community forums! Plus, tag us on Instagram with #sosknitting and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!

Join us at the online SOS meetups taking place this week…⁠

• TODAY, May 1st, 10:00 AM PDT: Knit Meetup with Robyn // Bring along any fibre craft project and come enjoy the fun chat on Zoom.⁠
• Wednesday, May 3rd, 12:00 PM PDT: Looking at Twills with Laura Fry // We`ll be meeting on Zoom for the live lecture where Laura will talk about how twill works and how to create designs that work best with your cloth.⁠

All of the information and links to join in can be found at our SOS Event Calendar. We hope to see you online soon!

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Have you ever had trouble with a messy long-tail cast-on? One end seems to be getting all kinked up while the other end is separating before your very eyes! What is going on here? Well, every time we make a wrapping motion, we change our yarn. Some projects are fine, but others… well, they just seem to be so difficult! Let’s have a look under the hood to see how and why the twist direction of our yarns can make or break a project.⁠

New at the School is Amanda Buckley`s @mandythephilomath article Twist And Shout: Why Twist Direction Matters In Your Making, arming you with the knowledge of how our techniques can change yarn as we work with it, and how we can choose to compensate for it or even amplify it for effect.⁠

Read the full post at the SOS site (link in bio)!⁠



#schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosspinning #sosknitting #soscrochet #spinningyarn #handspun #yarn #handspunyarn #handspunstagram

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The tubular cast on is an invisible cast on that’s great for hems, cuffs, and ribbing edges where you want to have a bit of elasticity. It creates a super stretchy and beautiful edging for your knit pieces, and in Tabetha`s @tabismiles new How to Work a Tubular Cast On post, you can find a step-by-step tutorial on how to work these cast on stitches!⁠

Find the new Tubular Cast On post at the School – link in bio »⁠

Shown in the image is Kristen`s @kristentendyke Drifter pattern, knit in @sweetgeorgia Superwash Worsted.⁠



#sosknitting #schoolofsweetgeorgia #tubularcaston #knitting #knittingtutorial

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Lisa Congdon calls it loud quitting: an assertive and unapologetic no to everything in her life she finds draining, feels done with, one-sided, obligatory, without purpose or joy. Sounds cathartic. If project management is a matter of managing our motivation, then loud quitting is the decision to face our setbacks and hang-ups, evaluate the project, and get rid of it completely. It is time to get frogging.⁠

At Amanda Buckley`s @mandythephilomath new article `Frogging & The Art of Project Management`, continue reading about frogging and the anatomy of a quit. We can undo a little bit to fix an error, or we can undo the whole lot and reclaim the yarn. Both options are valuable tools in the art of project management. Find the article link in our link in bio!⁠



#sosknitting #schoolofsweetgeorgia #frogging #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig

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Have you ever wished you knew exactly what yarn to get in a rush order or trip to an LYS, that you could predict the finished drape and feel of your project, or (gasp) could skip gauge swatching? I have some tips and tricks on creating a gauge library to help you with all three of the objectives above. (Okay, you might not be able to skip gauge swatching; Tabetha Hedrick, SweetGeorgia’s guru of gauge, is watching me! But having a gauge library will make that step go by just a little quicker!)⁠

Continue reading Ruth Nguyen`s @redearthdesignstudio new How to Create a Gauge Library article, where we hope you are inspired to start your own. Knowledge is power, and knowledge that is catalogued and easy to access is that much more powerful—especially when it comes to our knitting and crochet projects!⁠



#sosknitting #gaugeswatch #gaugelibrary #gotgauge #knitting #knittersofinstagram #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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About Instructor

Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fibre! When not knitting, writing, editing, or researching, she fills the time raising two girls, two dogs, and one husband in Tennessee.

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