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« on: June 20, 2005 04:45:25 AM »

so i want to make this hat that is crocheted in the round (in single crochet), but for some reason i'm just not getting how to check my gauge.  it says 21 stiches and 24 rounds=4".  so i'm guessing that once you have done 24 rounds, that it should measure 4" in diameter.  but what is the 21 stitches? Huh  in the pattern the 24th round has 104 stitches.  i feel like this should be so simple, but it's just not making any sense to me.   Undecided   if someone could please explain it to me, i would be greatly appreciative.  thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2005 05:04:01 AM »

Good Morning!  Smiley
My guess would be to count off 21 stitches in a row and it should be 4" long.
Another gauge check would be to measure 24 rows down of completed rows and that should be 4"; meaning that 6 rows of sc would be an inch. They are giving you 2 ways of measuring your gauge.
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm off the mark...

When I do hats I feel that I should be close to but don't have to be exact (as with a fitted garment). It depends on how you crochet. If you want to be "right on" gauge and you aren't- adjust your hook size (but you already knew that!)  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2005 05:13:48 AM »

That's close to the concept, but you can have 21 st in a row X 6 rows that would also give you a 4" square.  You have to measure both ways to get the exact size: the 21 st/row and the 24 rows.

If you want to get an exact gauge for a piece of clothing or an accessory, you should first make a gauge swatch with the same hook and yarn you are planning to use for the project.  In your case, just chain 21 st, and sc in the second chain from you hook and then in each of them across (21st).  Continue making those 21st for 24 more rows.  If you have the correct gauge for the hat, you should end up with a 4x4" square.  If that's the case, start making your hat!

However, if you come out with a bigger that 4" square, try using a smaller hook to get tighter stitches.  The opposite is true too: if your square is only 3", try using a larger hook to make looser stitches and therefore a better gague! 

Hope all this helps, just experiment and see how everything turn out! 
(We'd also love to see this hat when it's finished, so don't forget to post a final project pic!)
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2005 03:03:07 PM »

oohhh, i think i get it now.  Roll Eyes  so 21 stitches should measure 4",  and also 24 rounds should measure 4".  that makes much more sense.  for some reason i thought they were trying to say that the 24th round would have 21 stitches.  tee hee!!  thanks for your help!  Cheesy
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