Have you heard about gauge swatches, but never understood how to apply them to amigurumi? Today I am going to teach you how!
Gauge swatches are a necessary part of getting a crochet pattern just right. The typical gauge swatch is made flat, back and forth. But your stitches will have a slightly different shape when you work in the round. So how do you create a gauge swatch to measure your stitches in the round?
In this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through the steps of how to make a gauge swatch in the round, so your stitch definition will come out how it will when working amigurumi. This way you won’t have a giant plushie that’s 2 feet long instead of the small plushie it needs to be.
Gauge Swatch in the Round Video Tutorial
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Step By Step
To make a gauge swatch in the round, the dimensions of your swatch should be as follows:
Make a tube, increasing out until you have a number of sts that is three times to number of sts in the given gauge.
Work that tube evenly for the number of rounds in the given gauge, plus 2-4 extra rounds to give yourself room to measure.
Flatten the tube and measure your gauge. 🙂
Keep practicing and you will have it down in no time!
Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.