I got gauge!

I am feeling self righteous today as I have been very good and made a gauge swatch for a new blanket I'm going to make. I'm joining in with Sandra's and Black Sheep Wools 'Spice of Life' blanket crochet along, using the yarn pack of rico baby classic dk yarn that arrived in the post yesterday.

Being a blanket rather than a garment the finished size is not too much of an issue. A bit longer / wider than pattern states - what does that matter? Well, for me it doesn't, however as I am using a yarn pack with a specific amount of yardage within the 50g balls of yarn I don't want to risk running out. And the only way to forge ahead confident in the knowledge that that won't happen is to make the dreaded gauge swatch.
Ok, it wasn't that much of an arduous task. It didn't take long, I made it in my favourite colour of the pack and I got gauge first time, yay!

So what have I actually achieved by doing this? Well basically I have established that my stitch size is coming out the same as the designer's - my lovely friend Sandra. Therefore my blanket will finish pretty much the same as the one she made and more importantly, I will have enough yarn to finish the project. I used the recommended hook size (4mm) to make my swatch and measured that 10 rows of treble crochet measure 10cm and 15 stitches across (between the pins) also measures 10cm. The amount of stitches / rows that fit into a 10cm square is dictated by the person who made the item in the first place and 'getting gauge' means you have to match that. If your stitch / row count is different from what is stated in the pattern you can switch hook size to make your swatch smaller or bigger.

The first part of the actual pattern for the Spice of Life blanket comes out on Tuesday next week, so I'm geared up and ready for that. I know loads of people are joining in with this CAL, either using the yarn packs that are available to buy or using up stash, so it will be great to see everyone's efforts and enjoy being part of this fun event.
For more information about the crochet along just click on the links I've included to take you to Cherry Heart HQ!

Meanwhile, my addiction to making project bags does not seem to be waning. I fancied the Japanese Knot style this time, with a square bottom to help it stand. 

I love this Makower print, it has a Japanese feel to it don't you think? The pattern for the bag started off as a Martha Stewart free download but I changed it around a bit to have the different base. 
Very happy indeed with this little thing, it's a great size for a small yarny project and it's cheery red colour brightens up the gloomy day - it's pouring outside :o(

'till next time...


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