Knit And Purl Gauge

Today’s topic is how to achieve a steady gauge when working back and forth. I mean, did you know that your knit and purl gauge might actually be different at all? Most people don’t, and until I started to knit sweaters (and shawls with lots of stockinette stitch) I didn’t either.

Gauge: Knit vs. Purl Rows

Most people don’t ever recognize their knitting gauge is different on knit and purl rows. I can assure you that for most people it actually is different. For me, my knit rows are always a little bit looser than purl rows.

Just give it a try: cast on a few stitches and work back and forth in stockinette stitch. Do you notice the difference?

Knit and Purl Gauge: The Solution

The solution for this problem is actually quite simple: Use a needle one size smaller for the looser rows to get rid of this phenomenon.

Yes, it’s really that simple.

Don’t believe me? Give it a try, and let me know if this article has been of helpful for your skills in knitting … and make sure to tell me about your experience by leaving a comment below!

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