Gauge and crochet hooks
Posted June 26, 2013on:
When you read a crochet pattern, often you will see a note about the gauge. Gauge is the measurement between a beginning point, and ending point. To make the explanation really simple, here is a swatch I made that measures 2″ x 1.5″, which for me equals to 9 stitches and 6 rows in single crochet. That’s my gauge:
Gauge is important if you are going to work on a hat, gloves, or things that require a specific finish size. It’s not crucial when you work on dolls or plushes, unless you want them to be a certain height. In that case, you would have to figure out your gauge in diameter since the yarn is worked in rounds. The final size will depend on the yarn and the hook you choose, as well as the tension. Tension is just how tight or loose you hold your yarn while you are crocheting.
The most common hook size to work on plushes is US-G/6 (4mm), and worst medium/4 for the yarn. What you have to do is figure out what really works for you. Here are two spheres I made with the same yarn, same pattern but with two different hooks. One is the G/4mm, the other one is 1/2.75mm.
You can tell a big difference! I personally like to work with hooks that are smaller than the required size for the yarn. It makes the stitches tighter, and doesn’t let the stuffing see through. If you look at a close up on this following picture, you can see holes on the sphere that I made with the 4mm hook.
Best thing to do is to practice. You can play around with different hooks and different kind of yarn to find out what you like best!
I hope you find this information useful, and if you have any questions regarding this topic, don’t hesitate to comment. Happy crocheting!