Considering all the posts I’ve made today to get all my patterns up on the site, you’re probably sick of hearing from me.
Don’t worry; it will slow down. Actually, on the nights I work at the hospital, you won’t hear from me at all. So mark Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights as your “break” nights. I will be thinking of you guys, though. ‘Cuz I’m sweet like that. (Awwwwww)
Anyway, I wanted to post something short here on the question of gauge. You will notice that for all my crochet toys, I have something very concise to say about gauge. Wait, I’ll just insert it here in bold (and let’s just make it red for emphasis. And I happen to like red):
Gauge is not a critical factor for this project. If desired, it can be made with any size hook and with any weight of yarn.
Pretty cut and dry, right?
Well, ummm. Maybe not. You see, each pattern also tells you approximately how much yarn you need. Which might not translate over if you use a smaller hook or smaller yarn. The yarn amounts I tell you only works if 1) you use the weight of yarn and hook I do and 2) if you crochet similarly to me.
What do I mean by #2? I am a fairly tight crocheter. I didn’t know this until recently. I mean, I know that my Mom (one of my testers and an extremely awesome person, by the way) always gets bigger toys and has to use more yarn than me, but she’s also notoriously a loose crocheter. I thought it was her fault. Then I had to work with a limited amount of yarn and wanted to make sure that other people would be able to use the same amount of yarn since the project is supposed to be one skein. Both of my testers are using a decent amount of yarn more than me. Enough that someone would have to buy an extra skein in order to make the project. With this in mind, for the first time in my designing toy patterns, I may have to actually have a real stitch gauge included in the pattern. And I don’t mean the noncommittal one I quoted above.
No, normally gauge doesn’t matter in toy patterns (which is part of the joy of working toys, actually), but keep in mind that if you are crocheting one of my toy designs and you barely have enough yarn, you might want to pick up a little more.