(Lancaster, CA, USA)
Calculate Crochet Gauge
When I can get the number of stitches to equal 4 inches I cannot get the rows. Pattern says. 21st = 4" 12rows = 2" these are single crochet. My rows are coming out as 8. If I go to next size needle I end up with 4 1/2 inches for my st. No, it is not an English pattern. Somebody help.
Replay to Kitty.
Submitted : May 15, 2012.
Kitti, your situation is quite typical. -:) Every crocheter has her own style of crocheting and tension of yarn. As a result, the very same type of yarn and the very same number of crochet hook do not produce the same gauge like in the given description. What is the solution? To calculate your own gauge. Here is a reminder for you how to calculate it.
What should you do farther with that new (your own) gauge? Just recalculate dimensions of your top (sweater, dress, what ever) according to your new gauge. Here is an example how to calculate necessary number of stitches and rows.
One more thing. It does not sound good when they are talking about calculating gauge for rows based on 2-inche swatch. On those pages I gave above you can find explanation why it does not sound right. I would try to crochet a swatch at least 4-5 inches long and recheck your gauge again based on that longer swatch.
Good luck on your project!