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Old 04-08-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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Tension Squares, do you use them?
I'm new to knitting and am a little lost when it comes to their use. I get them impression through some of my readings that they can be imperative. Yet at the same time, it seems that many seasoned knitters have a rather causal attitude to them and might not use them at all.

How often do you use them and how important do you think they are?
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Old 04-08-2015, 11:55 AM   #2
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Seasoned knitter? I'm not sure I am but...it depends. I don't often try to match gauge on a pattern, I find the needles and yarn that produce the fabric I like and adjust the item I'm making to work with my gauge. I can follow a pattern. I recently did and worked with yarn and needles until I made gauge. Most of my knitting doesn't have to be to exact measurements. I also use whatever yarn I have or like and can't say I've ever used the yarn that the pattern recommends. If you're making a fitted garment, gauge is extremely important. If you're making a blanket, close enough would typically be good enough.
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I just about never start a project without a gauge swatch. It's well worth the extra time. I mostly knit sweaters and I want them to fit the intended recipient.
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I only swatch where size matters, like a garment, or if I've really changed the yarn weight in a pattern which rarely happens. Once I've make a swatch I hang on to it in case I need the yarn later in the project.
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I don't for shawls and afghans, but will for wearables. If it's a sweater with a pocket, I knit the pocket first and use that as a swatch.
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Thanks for the input, it makes more sense to me now
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