(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 the next size needle I end up with 4 1/2 inches for my st. No, it is not an English pattern. Somebody help.
Reply to Kitty.
Submitted: May 15, 2012.
Kitti, your situation is quite typical. -:) Every crocheter has her own style of crocheting and tension of the yarn.
As a result, the very same type of yarn and the very same number of crochet hooks do not produce the same gauge as 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 further with that new (your own) gauge? Just recalculate the dimensions of your top (sweater, dress, whatever) according to your new gauge. Here is an example how to calculate the 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 a 2-inch swatch. On those pages I gave above you can find an 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 with your project!