My Gauge Swatch is Too Big

My swatch for the Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan isn’t just too big; it’s WAY too big.

And this, in a nutshell, is why I always have to swatch. Not the “three rows and I’ll eyeball it” kind of swatch I often convince myself is sufficient. No, I need to be doing full on, blocked swatches if I really expect my garments to fit.

Tiny Tea Leaves calls for a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows = four inches. My gauge, on the size 7 needles the pattern calls for, is 5 1/2 x 51/4.

Disaster averted. You can be certain I’m going to carefully swatch until I get this one just right, and, all of my projects from now on!

My Gauge Swatch is Too Big

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