Importance of Gauge
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How to Knit Swatches

Choose a stitch pattern, choose a technique and knit a swatch AT LEAST 5" Square.
The larger the swatch, the better! For accuracy, measure in the middle of the swatch and avoid the edges.

Knit a Gauge Swatch in Less than 10 Minutes

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