How to Knit a Gauge Swatch in the Round

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This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit a gauge swatch in the round. This technique is used when figuring out gauge for projects knit in the round like hats, socks, sweaters, and mittens. Most people knit with a different tension than they purl, which will affect gauge measurements. Swatching in the round by knitting only the right side of the fabric will mitigate any differences.

Also known as: Speed Swatch

Skill: Easy

To swatch in the round you will not turn your work to purl on the wrong side. All you need to do it bring your working yarn back to the front of the row and begin knitting the next row on the right side each time. It may help to wrap the working yarn around your hand or a couple of finger to provide some slack. Otherwise your swatch might pull in on the sides, making it harder to get a good measurement.

Example of the loops formed by swatching in the round

Example of the loops formed by swatching in the round

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